A schoolgirl raped and strangled by her ex-boyfriend has finally got justice for the pain and suffering she endured during the last few moments of her young life, her heartbroken parents said.
Jonathan Byrne showed no emotion as he was jailed for life for the murder of 12-year-old Michaela Davis in August 2010.
Dublin's Central Criminal Court heard the 19-year-old killed the youngster in a field near her home in Porterstown, west Dublin, before dumping her body in undergrowth beside the Royal Canal.
Michaela's grief-stricken parents Brendan and Deirdre and brother Brendan said the core of their family life came to an end the day Michaela was taken.
"Our lives will never be the same again," they said in a victim impact statement read in court.
"We pray that no other family will have to endure the same pain and suffering. Michaela can never be replaced and only in the future will the full impact of the loss of Michaela be known."
Michaela had started secondary school at Luttrellstown Community College just days before her tragic death.
Relatives of the schoolgirl cried in court as prosecuting barrister Dominic McGinn revealed graphic details of the sexual assault on the 12-year-old.
Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that Byrne, from Lohunda Downs in Clonsilla, be listed on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life.