Monday 5 December 2016

Woman who repeatedly stabbed woman in the head told victim 'I hope you fuc***g die' - court hears

David Raleigh

Published 26/10/2016 | 19:19

Susan McCarthy, (22), said she
Susan McCarthy, (22), said she "lost it" and attacked Leanne Delaney, (21) (Stock picture)

A Limerick woman who repeatedly stabbed a Clare woman in the head with a broken bottle looked into her victim's eyes and told her: "I hope you f*****g die".

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Susan McCarthy, (22), said she "lost it" and attacked Leanne Delaney, (21), after claiming she heard the victim and a man arguing in an apartment on Parnell Street, in the early hours of October 25th, 2015.

McCarthy had consumed a cocktail of anti-depressants and alcohol, the court heard.

At 2.30am in the morning in question, McCarthy followed Ms Delaney out of the apartment block on Parnell Street, before smashing a beer bottle, and lunging at her victim with the sharp glass.

After knocking Ms Delaney to the ground, McCarthy "sat on top of her" and stabbed and punched her about the head and body, said John O'Sullivan, senior state prosecuting counsel.

"It was a frenzied attack. Ms Delaney was passing in and out of consciousness," he continued.

Witnesses told gardai they heard McCarthy shout at Ms Delaney "I hope you f*****g die" as she repeatedly jabbed her with the broken bottle.

At one point McCarthy stepped back, leaving Ms Delaney on the ground in a pool of blood, however she returned moments later, stabbing her again and again. The court heard McCarthy also delivered several kicks to Ms Delaney as she lay unconscious on the ground.

Gardai, alerted by a taxis driver, found Ms Delaney "unconscious" and with "blood pouring out of her" on a footpath, outside Limerick Animal Welfare's premises.

Witnesses said that following the brutal attack, they heard McCarthy say, "I hope she fuc**** dies, she's only a fuc**** 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: "No".

The horrific attack was captured on a number of CCTV cameras in the area.

Mr O'Sullivan, prosecuting, said McCarthy later told gardai she "intended on giving (Ms Delaney) a fair go, but 'kept on going'.

McCarthy told gardai: "I got her into the side of the stomach too." When asked if she was aware she had seriously injured Ms Delaney, McCarthy told gardai: "Yeah, I knew that, but I kept going. If only for (male acquaintance) getting in the way, I would have kept going until she was dead."

McCarthy added: "When I saw the blood coming down her f*** if she did."

Mr O'Sullivan said "divine providence" may have prevented Ms Delaney, from Shannon, suffering "consequences more horrific".

"It is surprising how well she has recovered," agreed Detective Garda Gary Laide, Henry Street garda station.

Ms Delaney declined to give a victim impact statement, however gardai said the attack had been "traumatic" for the victim. Detective Garda Laide described how one of Ms Delaney's stab wounds "protruded through her ribs and into her right lung".

Mr O'Sullivan said the victim had made a "miraculous recovery". As well as sustaining a punctured lung, she suffered cuts, bruising, and light scarring to her face and torso.

McCarthy, who is unemployed, has previous convictions for engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour, the court heard. She initially told gardai she saw Ms Delaney holding "a big knife" but this was accepted by her defence as been a "bogus story".

"Whatever her reasoning was, she lost control. It was a disgraceful," Mark Nicholas, defending, said.

He told the court a psychiatric evaluation on McCarthy found that she "may be suffering from a personality disorder".

Judge Tom O'Donnell will pass sentence on Thursday.

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