A YOUNG mother who was kicked to death in her home last week suffered severe burns in a separate violent attack at the same address a month ago.
Settled Traveller Brigid 'Bernie' Cash (20) was found dead in her mother's home at Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown, Dublin, last Thursday morning.
The mother of one suffered fatal head injuries when she was assaulted by another woman during a party in the house the previous night.
The murder victim was also targeted in a separate and equally brutal attack at her home in early October.
Ms Cash suffered severe burns when scalding water was deliberately poured over her lap and legs in what sources have revealed was a "punishment" attack.
Sources said that the injured woman was targeted after being accused of having an affair.
She was later treated for extensive burns to her lower body which required extensive skin grafts.
It is understood that Ms Cash discharged herself from hospital before doctors had time to begin the procedure.
She was still in pain from the scalding wounds when she was attacked last Wednesday night.
Eye witnesses have told gardai that the dead woman was repeatedly kicked in the head as she lay on the floor after being knocked down in the assault.
A post mortem confirmed that Ms Cash had died as a result of the head injuries she sustained.
As part of the investigation gardai later arrested and questioned a woman who was known to the deceased. A number of people who were in the house at the time have also made statements to gardai.
The woman has since been released without charge while the investigation continues.
"It appears that the woman had been targeted by people she knew and the attack which led to her death may not have been an isolated incident," a source said.
"This was a completely innocent woman who had already suffered horrific injuries a month before this fatal assault."
The woman's family have spoken of their intense shock and grief at the senseless killing.
Brigid's 18-month-old son, who is being cared for by relatives, has still not been told about his mother's death.