Wednesday 7 December 2016

'I hope you f***ing die' - Woman told victim as she 'bottled' her

David Raleigh

Published 27/10/2016 | 07:34

Susan McCarthy,(22), Keyes Park, Limerick photographed outside Limerick Circuit Court, where she had earlier pleaded guilty to stabbing two women in a vicious attack in Parnell St., Limerick
Susan McCarthy,(22), Keyes Park, Limerick photographed outside Limerick Circuit Court, where she had earlier pleaded guilty to stabbing two women in a vicious attack in Parnell St., Limerick

A woman who repeatedly stabbed another woman’s head with a broken bottle looked into her eyes and said: “I hope you f***ing die”.

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Susan McCarthy (22) “lost it” and attacked Leanne Delaney (21) after she heard her arguing with a man in an apartment on Limerick’s Parnell Street early on October 25 last year.

McCarthy, of Keyes Park, Southill, Limerick, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm. She also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Celina Daly, a friend of Ms Delaney.

At 2.30am on the day in  question, McCarthy, who had consumed a cocktail of alcohol and anti-depressants,  followed Ms Delaney out of the apartment block and lunged at her with a broken beer bottle.

After knocking Ms Delaney to the ground, she “sat on top of her” and stabbed and punched her about the head and body, said John O’Sullivan, prosecuting.

“It was a frenzied attack. Ms Delaney was passing in and out of consciousness,” he said.

At one point McCarthy stepped back, leaving Ms Delaney on the ground in a pool of blood.

However, she returned moments later and repeatedly stabbed her.

The court heard that McCarthy also delivered several kicks to Ms Delaney as she lay unconscious on the ground.

Gardai, alerted by a taxi driver, found Ms Delaney “unconscious” with “blood pouring out of her” on a footpath outside Limerick Animal Welfare’s premises.

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Witnesses said they heard  McCarthy say: “I hope she f***ing dies, she’s only a f***ing junkie”.

McCarthy then told Ms Delaney: “You won’t be doing that again.”

McCarthy was still at the scene when gardai arrived.

She told officers: “I bottled her. The head, the body, I don’t know.”

When asked if she was sorry for what she had done, she told gardai she was not.

“I got her into the side of the stomach too,” she said.

When asked if she knew she had injured Ms Delaney, she said: “Yeah, but I kept going. If only for [a male acquaintance] getting in the way, I would have kept going until she was dead.”

Mr O’Sullivan said “divine providence” may have prevented Ms Delaney, from Shannon, suffering “consequences more horrific”.

He said she had made a “miraculous recovery”. As well as  a punctured lung, she had cuts, bruises and light scarring to her face and torso. One of the stab wounds protruded through her ribs and into her right lung.

McCarthy, who is unemployed, has previous convictions for engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour, the court heard.

She told gardai she saw Ms Delaney holding “a big knife”, but this was accepted by her defence as being a “bogus story”.

“Whatever her reasoning, she lost control,” said Mark Nicholas, defending. He said a psychiatric evaluation found  she “may be suffering from a personality disorder”.

Judge Tom O’Donnell will pass sentence today.

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