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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Car-killer Nolan was on drugs binge after release from custody

THE woman who crushed an OAP to death for protecting his disabled son had only just been released over a drugs bust, it’s revealed today.

Crazed Claire Nolan (25) was arrested after detectives seized €40,000 of cocaine.

But soon after she left police custody she was responsible for killing tragic dad Michael Duffy (66) with her car.

Nolan, of Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown, was later charged with possession of 557g of cocaine after the drugs were found in a bedroom wardrobe at her friend's home

When Nolan was later given a three-year sentence for the drugs, a judge said that she had “duped” her pal Kim Doherty into holding the cocaine haul.

It has now emerged that after being released from the garda station, mum-of-one Nolan, who was 21 at the time, went on a booze and drugs binge.

It would culminate in the death of tragic father-of-four Michael Duffy (66) in Mulhuddart on January 26, 2008.

Yesterday, she was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Michael Duffy.

Mental

The Central Criminal Court heard how Nolan went “mental” because she thought the victim's son, Francis Duffy, who suffers from a mild intellectual difficulty, was getting into her Nissan Micra car.

The court heard she took a baseball bat and struck Francis over the head. Francis immediately phoned his father Michael and also rang Blanchardstown Garda Station to report it.

Nolan got into the Micra and reversed it out quickly, crashing into Michael Duffy's taxi.

Michael ran towards his son's house while Nolan drove into his garden. She said she wanted to hit Francis but wasn't trying to kill him.

But she missed him and drove into his father Michael, crushing him against the wall.

She left the scene and gardai found her car burnt out 500m away. Michael was later pronounced dead in hospital from a large trauma injury.

Nolan showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down at the Central Criminal Court.

Michael Duffy’s grieving family last night hit out at the six-year sentence.

“She had 15 previous convictions, the lady is out of control and when she goes back into society she will be in trouble again,” said Michael Duffy Jnr.

“She's that type, she's a nasty woman, she needs to be locked away. Unfortunately, it's not the appropriate sentence here today.”

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