Wednesday 26 April 2017

Irish woman (81) 'brutally stabbed to death' during burglary at her home in the US

Inset: Helen Jones (81) originally from Co Mayo, was stabbed to death at her home
Inset: Helen Jones (81) originally from Co Mayo, was stabbed to death at her home
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An elderly Irish woman (81) was stabbed to death after armed robbers entered her home in Vermont, America.

Helen Jones, who is originally from Co Mayo, was stabbed "brutally" in the torso during the attack on January 4.

The 81-year-old, mother of three, was found dead by a neighbour, according to NEWS10.

Neighbour Robert Brown told News10 that the Vermont State Police spoke with him on Thursday because his home was recently broken into.

“Somebody broke in here two weeks ago and stole medication from here, too, so now you got to lock your doors around here,” he said.

“The police detective told me it was drug related. Somebody broke in and stole her medication.”

Another neighbour Jim Corey also thinks Mrs Jones was a target of a drug-related crime.

“I can’t imagine there would be any other explanation because I couldn’t imagine why anyone would go after an 81-year-old woman who keeps to herself,” he said.

According to local reports, the attacker hasn't been found, but that police are conducting interviews.

In her obituary, Mrs Jones' family described her as a "devout Catholic" who volunteered and loved the ocean.

"For years she volunteered her time taking care of the elderly. Helen loved gardening, walking along the beach and listening to the sound of the ocean. She was a New England Patriot football fan, loved taking care of her home and cherished times spent with her family."

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