'I was watching him die. It was like a slaughterhouse'
"I WILL see that man's face to the day I die, lying there," said the woman who comforted Patrick Murphy as he lay dying in a pool of blood.
Instead of celebrating Father's Day with his four-year-old daughter, Mr Murphy (27) lay lifeless yesterday in a hospital mortuary in Waterford city.
His family and friends were trying to come to terms with the shocking events that left him fatally wounded, and the scene "like a slaughterhouse".
The mother of a young woman injured in the savage attack in the Glen area of Waterford described how she rushed to her daughter Amy's rented house early yesterday morning.
Esther Quigley, who lives a short distance away, was first on the scene after Amy raised the alarm at about 5.30am.
She knew Patrick well. He was the boyfriend of her other daughter Louise, and a friend of the Quigley family.
He often came around to help Amy with her three children.
"I ran down to that house and I was literally watching that man die," Esther said. "I can't live it again."
Describing the person who killed Patrick as "a coward", Mrs Quigley said that, after stabbing Patrick, the culprit went upstairs to Amy and "dragged her out of the bed" where she was sleeping.
"She had two of her children in her arms and he stabbed her in the leg," said Mrs Quigley.
Amy was able to report the incident to her mother, who lives a short distance away, and Esther contacted the emergency services before running down to the house.
"It was like a slaughterhouse," she said yesterday. "Paddy was lying face down on the ground."
Mrs Quigley told emergency personnel over the phone that Patrick was "still breathing" and they asked her to put pressure on his wound.
Despite his injuries and the fact that the life was literally draining from him, the victim was still able to mutter a few words before he was taken away by ambulance.
"He was asking me for blood and he asked me to shut the front door. He kept moving and I asked him not to. Then the guards arrived."
Louise yesterday described her Patrick as a "loving and caring" man.
"He was a generous person, always happy," she told the Irish Independent as she gathered with her family to remember her slain boyfriend and try to deal with what had happened.
Originally from Dublin, Mr Murphy had a daughter from a previous relationship. He was due to move into an apartment at Wellington Square in Waterford.
Mr Murphy was asleep on the couch downstairs when the assailant made his way into Amy's house at about 5.30am.
Amy's family said her keys and some money were stolen in recent days and, while she used to leave her front door closed with the latch, she didn't on Saturday night.