A 34-year-old Dublin man has been handed a life sentence for murdering his ex-girlfriend in her home in Arklow, Co Wicklow just before Christmas 2019.
Nadine Lott died in hospital three days after Daniel Murtagh, of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, attacked her after she came home from a family night out.
He claimed he didn’t mean to kill her and blamed the amount of drugs and alcohol he’d taken that night for what happened.
Daniel Murtagh (34) handed life sentence for the brutal murder of his ex girlfriend Nadine Lott (30)
She was left unrecognisable to her family after he savagely beat her on Dec 14 2019
She died in hospital three days later
Her mother described what he did as “the devil’s work” pic.twitter.com/QBKYWQVo75
— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) October 4, 2021
In front of a sea of friends and family wearing black face masks with Nadine’s name emblazoned in bright pink across the front, Claire Lott spoke of her love for her eldest daughter – 'the popular one' was how she described her.
Caring and funny too, as well as a A hard-working problem solver.
She spoke of the horror and carnage she witnessed when she entered Nadine’s home in the early hours of Dec 14th 2019 after receiving the dreaded call.
Not once did she mention Daniel Murtagh by name, but she described what he did as “monstrous, evil and the devil’s work”.
She described every minute of her life since Nadine was taken from her as struggle – a never-ending nightmare.
The murder of Nadine Lott was an act of pure evil which took a beautiful woman from her friends and family. Violence against women is a scourge on our society. Please seek help if you are a victim. We need to do more to help victims and get tough on perpetrators - and we will.
— Heather Humphreys (@HHumphreysFG) October 4, 2021
The Justice Minister Heather Humphreys has described the murder of Nadine Lott as an "act of pure evil."
She has encouraged any victims to seek help, and said violence against women is a "scourge on our society."