Monday 24 October 2016

Killer Nash at table quiz just hours before brutal murders of women

This is deranged serial killer Mark Nash enjoying a table quiz just hours before he carried out a gruesome double murder

Mark Nash at a table quiz.
Mark Nash at a table quiz.
Mark Nash

This is deranged serial killer Mark Nash enjoying a table quiz just hours before he carried out a gruesome double murder.

Nash stabbed and mutilated Sylvia Shiels and Mary Callanan in a chilling crime in Dublin later that night in March 1997.

Surrounded by people and looking relaxed at the table quiz in the GPO, there was no outward indication to others that Nash would be found guilty of such a heinous crime two decades later.

In the photo, the sick killer's black jacket is placed on the back of his chair.

It is that same jacket that, thanks to advances in forensic science, harboured the DNA of both murder victims when tested some 12 years later.

Innocent victim Sylvia was also pictured earlier that evening. Her image was picked up by a CCTV camera at a premises in Finglas just hours before she was brutally murdered by Nash.

The images were shown last night on RTE's Prime Time which featured a detailed report on Nash's murders.

On Monday, a Central Criminal Court jury took just over four hours to unanimously find Nash guilty of the murder of Ms Shiels and Ms Callanan in their sheltered accommodation in Grangegorman between March 6 and March 7.

During the trial, an ex-partner of Nash gave evidence that he had been at a charity quiz on March 6.

Lucy Porter is originally from the UK and was in a relationship with Nash in March 1997.

She said that on March 6 she was working in Eddie Rocket's and Nash attended the quiz at the GPO.

He came into Eddie Rocket's with two male work colleagues after the quiz some time after midnight.

After spending half-an-hour in the diner, Miss Porter went to the shop with him, before he walked home to Prussia Street.

He later carried out the horrifically violent stabbing murders of vulnerable Ms Sheils and Ms Callanan at their sheltered accommodation.

There was an almost two decades-long wait for their ruthless killer to be found guilty of their murders, with Mr Justice Carroll Moran handing down a life sentence.

The two women were among four people Nash (42) murdered that year.

He took the lives of married couple Carl and Catherine Doyle just months later.

Nash has been serving a double life sentence in Arbour Hill Prison since October 1998 for murdering the Doyles in Ballintober, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on August 16, 1997.

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