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NSW woman will never know grandchildren

AAP logoAAP 25/08/2016 By Rebekah Ison

Murdered teacher Amanda Carter wanted to be known as "grandmama" when she became a grandparent.

But because of the violent actions of her estranged fiance, she'll never get a chance to be called that.

Ricardo Francis Herman Dasilva, 66, was this year found guilty of murdering Ms Carter, 46, at her Central Coast home in 2010.

In a written statement read to Dasilva's sentence hearing on Thursday, two of Ms Carter's children talked about the milestones their mother would miss.

"Mum always wanted to be called grandmama when she became a grandparent, " Jamie and Shaun Carter said in the statement read by a prosecutor in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

"Mum will also miss being able to form a bond with and watch her grandchildren grow."

Jamie, who played on the same soccer team as her mother, was a teenager when she found Ms Carter's bloodied body.

A forensic report tendered in court says the woman was neatly covered by a quilt on her bed.

She had numerous lacerations with underlying skull fractures, inflicted by two different blunt objects.

Dasilva has lodged a notice of intention to appeal his conviction.

His defence barrister Alissa Moen submitted it would be difficult for the sentencing judge to conclude Dasilva, who faces the rest of his life in jail, had a long-running intent to kill Ms Carter.

The court heard from the children's father Howard Carter, who says his life has been dramatically changed by the death of his ex-wife, whom he met when she was 15.

"I had difficulty in sleeping, with deep despair changing my life," said Mr Carter, adding that he had remained friends with Ms Carter after they separated.

"I am still suffering, my children suffering ... and all her family, mother, brothers and sister, nieces and nephews have and still suffer from Mandy's murder."

The court also heard how Jamie Carter will never forget having to ring her soccer coach to say her and her mother could not play the next game because she'd been killed.

Dasilva is due to be sentenced on September 20.

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