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Missing Limb

Limb found on Dollymount belonged to convicted rapist

Interpol used international DNA databases to identify limb as belonging to convicted rapist and burglar James Nolan, 46.

A SEVERED ARM DISCOVERED on Dollymount Beach in Dublin in February has been identified by Interpol as belonging to a convicted rapist.

James Nolan, 46, of Fairlawn Road, Finglas, was released from prison last year after serving a term for burglary and has not been seen since his release, but had not been reported missing.

A DNA sample from the limb was sent to Interpol who checked databases and found a match in the UK, where Nolan had been arrested on suspicion of prescription fraud, according to RTÉ’s Paul Reynolds on Morning Ireland today.

Michael O’Toole reports in the Star that the hand had apparently been removed from the arm to prevent it being identified through fingerprinting.

Nolan was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 1986 for his part in gang-raping a 23-year-old woman two years earlier.

Gardaí said this morning that they had not formally identified the arm and are working to establish where Nolan is and if he is still alive.

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