Friday 21 July 2017

Woman gets five years for 'frenzied' knife attack

Elaine Keogh

Nicola Smith (above), who stabbed Therese Moore (below) in a 'savage' assault

A woman who stabbed another woman six times in the street for no reason in a "ferocious, frenzied, brutal and savage," attack has been jailed for five years.

Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court heard Nicola Smith (38) from Cannon Street, Kells, Co Meath, had taken head shop products as well as vodka and wine on top of prescription medications for a psychiatric illness at the time.

She pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Therese Moore on West Street, Drogheda, on March 20 last year.

The knife attack left the victim with injuries to her abdomen and chest and doctors said she needed immediate surgery "to save her life," prosecutor Kevin Seagrave said.

She had internal bleeding in her chest wall, two injuries to her bowel and blood had collected in her abdomen due to an injury in an artery.

In her victim impact statement Mrs Moore (61) said she is "haunted by the memory" of the attack.

In court Smith apologised to Mrs Moore saying: "I behaved like a wild animal and attacked somebody for no reason."

She said she could not remember what she did but she was, "really really sorry" and said whatever sentence she got, "I deserve".

Judge Michael O'Shea was told it was just after 10pm when Mrs Moore and her daughter were making their way to a 40th birthday party when Smith approached and asked her for a light for a cigarette.

As Mrs Moore replied 'sorry I don't smoke,' she saw a knife in Smith's hand and almost immediately she was stabbed and fell to the ground.

Smith's barrister Jonathan Kilfeather outlined her "significant psychiatric history" to the court. She has been diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and a dillusional disorder, he said.

Judge O'Shea said the attack could only be described as "ferocious, frenzied, brutal and savage," and the wounds "indicate substantial force when plunging the knife into Mrs Moore".

He imposed a seven-year jail term with the final two years suspended.

Irish Independent

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