Donaghmede, Dublin: Woman In Critical Condition Following Serious Stabbing Incident In Her Home

8 Apr

Gardaí say they are investigating whether a serious stabbing incident at a house in Donaghmede late last night is connected to a burglary at the same house on Wednesday. 

 Donaghmede - House was burgled on Wednesday
Donaghmede – House was burgled on Wednesday
 
Beaumont Hospital - Woman on life support following Donaghmede assault
 Beaumont Hospital – Woman on life support following Donaghmede assault
 
One News: Investigation into vicious Donaghmede attack

One News: Investigation into vicious Donaghmede attack

Six One News: Appeal for information after Donaghmede stabbing

Six One News: Appeal for information after Donaghmede stabbing

Gardaí say they are investigating whether a serious stabbing incident at a house in Donaghmede late last night is connected to a burglary at the same house on Wednesday.

The victim, a solicitor in her mid-40s, is in a critical but stable condition in Beaumont Hospital, after she received multiple stab wounds in an attack in her home just before midnight last night.

Supt Mark Curran of Coolock Garda Station said the burglary on Wednesday took place during the day while the house was unoccupied.

It is understood that locks were forced during that break-in and that some jewellery may have been stolen.

Supt Curran appealed to any member of the public who may have information or who may have been in the Donaghmede Park area last night to contact the incident room at Coolock Garda Station.

He also appealed to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious near the house since Wednesday to contact gardaí.

Supt Curran pointed out that due to the nature of last night’s attack, the attacker or attackers may have had visibly blood stained clothing.

He said it was an unusual type of crime because the woman had received such serious injuries in her home.

He said there was no strong evidence yet to suggest that there had been a forced entry into the house last night, but the investigation was continuing.

The weapon used has not yet been identified, but it is thought it was a knife.

Meanwhile, a technical examination of the house is continuing this afternoon. The victim has been living at the house alone for about five years.

She underwent surgery on her injuries at Beaumont Hospital earlier.

She has not yet been interviewed by gardaí.

Gardaí say they have had good cooperation to date from people in the area.

NEWS UPDATE:

Gardaí have described as unusual an attack which left a woman in a critical condition in hospital.

The incident occurred in Donaghmede Park, North Dublin at about 11.30pm last night.

A Garda spokesman confirmed the property where the attack occurred had been broken into earlier this week but said it had not yet been established if the incidents were linked.

It is understood that locks at the property were forced and some jewellery was taken.

The woman (44), a solicitor who lived alone in the house, was stabbed multiple times. She was said to be in a critical but stable condition in Beaumont Hospital today having undergone surgery.

Gardaí have not yet recovered a weapon or identified suspects.

Neighbours said they heard loud screams coming from an upstairs window of the house at about 11.30pm. Several people went to assist the woman while they awaited the arrival of the emergency services. They described the victim as a pleasant but private professional woman.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau examined the property today, and officers searched the surrounding area for signs of blood, bloodstained clothing or the weapon used in the attack.

Supt Mark Curran of Coolock Garda station said detectives were attempting to establish links between the attack and the burglary on Wednesday. He said it had not yet been established how many people were involved in last night’s stabbing but that it was most likely one or two.

He said the investigation team had received good co-operation from neighbours and locals.

Supt Curran said it was an unusual attack because the woman had suffered such serious injuries in her home. He appealed to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area on Wednesday or last night to contact Coolock Garda station on (01) 6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

NEWS UPDATE:

A WOMAN was in a critical condition last night after being subjected to a crazed stabbing at her home in north Dublin.

The woman, named locally as Violet Quigley, 44, was repeatedly stabbed by an attacker in the torso, particularly in the lower stomach and kidney areas.

Neighbours, including a nurse, came to her aid after she screamed for help from the bedroom of her house in Donaghmede at around midnight on Thursday.

Neighbour Clare Downey said Ms Quigley, who was thought to live on her own, said to them: “Am I dying? Am I dying?”

A major Garda hunt was under way yesterday for the perpetrator, who witnesses said was wearing a dark hoodie.

Gardaí said her home had been burgled two days previously and that she reported that some jewellery had been stolen.

Detectives will investigate if the burglar came back again, but are keeping an open mind on it and are investigating the possibility that a burglar may not have been involved.

“We feel somebody out there knows what happened and why,” said a Garda source.

Some neighbours said there was someone coming and going into the house in recent days.”

Gardaí will talk to friends and colleagues of Ms Quigley, a solicitor with ESB, in the coming days to see if they can shed any light on the incident.

Neighbours said Ms Quigley lost a huge amount of blood before being treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

She was taken to Beaumont Hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

She was rushed back into theatre later after her condition deteriorated.

Sources said that afterwards her condition, although still critical, had stabilised.

Doctors have said that while she may survive, she has suffered severe damage to internal organs.

At a press briefing, Superintendent Mark Curran of Coolock Garda Station, said her injuries were “quite serious and that quite a lot of blood was shed”.

He said the attacker may have had blood-stained clothing and appealed to anyone who saw a person with such clothing to contact them.

Anyone with information can contact gardaí in Coolock on 01 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

NEWS UPDATE:

A manhunt is under way after a solicitor was left fighting for her life following a frenzied knife attack in her home.

Manhunt after knife attack on woman Enlarge photo

Violet Quigley was critically injured during the assault which shocked neighbours in a quiet suburban estate.

Detectives are investigating if the stabbing, which happened in Donaghmede Park, north Dublin, is connected to a burglary at the same house on Wednesday.

Neighbour Claire Downey said her son woke her telling her he could hear screaming. The pair went out and saw blood on the window ledge of an upstairs bedroom window.

“When I went to the end of my garden, Violet came to the window and was hanging out of the window, ‘help me, help me, they’re trying to kill me’,” she said.

Ms Quigley, 44, was taken to Beaumont Hospital where she is in a critical but stable condition.

A solicitor for the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), she moved on to the estate, where she lived alone, several years ago.

“Violet’s friends and colleagues at ESB are deeply shocked by this news and our thoughts and prayers are very much with Violet and her family at this time,” an ESB spokeswoman said in a statement.

Ms Quigley’s home was broken in to on Wednesday when she was out. It is understood the locks were forced and some jewellery may have been stolen.

Supt Mark Curran, of Coolock Garda Station, appealed for anyone with information to come forward and warned her attacker or attackers may still have blood-stained clothing. www.garda.ie

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