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Sister of double murderer dies in horror car crash

The sister of a notorious double murderer was killed in a horror car crash at the weekend.

Ann-Marie O'Connor (45), of Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork, was reportedly coming home from a party at around 12.30am when the accident occurred near Carrignavar on Saturday.

Her male friend, John Paul O'Carroll (31), of Farranferris Park, Farranree, who was also in the red Hyundai, was killed too.

The car reportedly went out of control and crashed into a ditch before flipping upside down on to a stone pier.


Both victims were thrown from the vehicle due to the force of the crash and died at the scene.

They were killed instantly, and a garda source said it would have been impossible for anyone to have survived the impact. The vehicle was torn apart.

Gardai have appealed for any witnesses to the single-vehicle crash north of Cork city. However, they are satisfied that no other vehicle was involved.

The bodies of both victims were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where post mortem examinations were due to be carried out last night.

Ms O'Connor was the older sister of Catherine O'Connor who was convicted of two murders in west Cork three years ago.

Catherine O'Connor, a mother of three, was convicted of the murder of English father-of-four John Forrester (42) and Corkman, Jonathan 'Dukie' Duke (27) at Bridge House, Bandon, in November 2011.

O'Connor (39) was dubbed the 'Swastika Killer' for the crude tattoo of the Nazi emblem on her left cheek.

She was convicted alongside her Romanian boyfriend, Ciprian Grozavu (40), at the Central Criminal Court last year. Both are now serving life sentences.

Mr Forrester, who had a previous relationship with O'Connor, was repeatedly stabbed following a drunken row over her new relationship with Grozavu.

The pair dumped Mr Forrester's body in the River Bandon, while Mr Duke, a father of one from Cork, was killed hours later because he knew what they had done to Mr Forrester.

Mr Duke's body was also dumped in the river, but other occupants of the flats complex saw what had happened and immediately alerted gardai.

Mr Duke's body was recovered within hours by gardai. Mr Forrester's was found 2km downstream the following day.