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'I could see mum was dead' - heartbroken son tells murder trial

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Denis Carroll was 16 at time

Denis Carroll was 16 at time

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Denis Carroll was 16 at time

A teenager broke down as he told the trial of a man accused of murdering his mother of the moment he found her dead in her bedroom.

"I could see she was not breathing. I could see her cheek was puffy and she was cold," Denis Carroll told the murder trial at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Amanda Carroll's body was found in the bedroom of her apartment more than two years ago by her then 16-year-old son Denis, who had left the house that morning to play football not knowing his mother was dead.

Sean Nolan (36), with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his partner Ms Carroll (33) at Homestead Court, Quarry Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 on October 21, 2018.

Denis Carroll (18) told prosecution counsel Shane Costelloe SC his mother had been in a long-term relationship with another man until May 2018 and she started going out with the accused shortly afterwards.

Ms Carroll had met Mr Nolan on the dating app Tinder, he said.

Denis testified that he had met Mr Nolan a few times when he was in their apartment and agreed with counsel that there would have been times where his mother and the accused would have drank too much.

The witness agreed with Mr Costelloe that the last time he saw his mother alive was when she went to the pub with Mr Nolan around 7pm on Saturday October 20.

Denis said he was asleep in his bedroom with his girlfriend around 1am that morning when he heard his mother and the accused come into the apartment.

Asleep

The witness said he was getting ready in the apartment for a football match around 9.30am on October 21 but did not go into his mother's room as he thought she was asleep.

When he returned to the apartment at 3.15pm, Denis testified that his girlfriend was there and she told him that Ms Carroll was still not awake.

"I went to check on her. I called on her and she was not being responsive. As I was going into the bedroom I could see she was not breathing," he said.

"I could see her cheek was puffy and she was cold. I just seen she was dead."

The trial continues on Monday before Mr Justice Michael MacGrath and a jury of six men and six women.