Monday 21 August 2017

Stab death victim refused ambulance before attack

Sisters tell of pain as man is held over killing

Edel Kennedy In Athy

A WOMAN who was fatally stabbed yesterday had turned away an ambulance just hours earlier when she was suffering chronic stomach pains.

A man was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning, shortly after Breda Cummins had been killed. Last night, the 48-year-old was being questioned at Kildare Garda Station.

Ms Cummins, a mother of one, was stabbed to death in her home at Michael Dooley's Terrace, Athy, Co Kildare.

Originally from Celbridge, the 32 year old had been living in the small terraced house for just a few weeks.

She had moved into the house along with her partner. A third man -- who was was renting the house -- also lived there.

Ms Cummins was at home with her two housemates when a fourth man -- who was known to them -- came to visit on Wednesday evening.

Later in the evening, an incident occurred which led to the stabbing. Breda's partner suffered some minor wounds in the incident. The fourth man was arrested.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent has learned that the man who had been renting the house had called to a neighbour's house at around 4.30pm on Wednesday.

Ambulance

He asked the neighbour to call an ambulance because Ms Cummins was suffering severe stomach pains. An ambulance arrived to bring her to hospital but she refused to go.

"We tried to convince her to go but she wouldn't," the neighbour said yesterday. "And then we heard today that she had been killed.

"Things could be so different if she'd actually gone with the ambulance."

Gardai were called to the house just after midnight and discovered Ms Cummins's body. She had been stabbed a number of times.

Ms Cummins was mother to a 13-year-old boy and had been dating her boyfriend for just a short time. She had six sisters and three brothers -- but the eldest girl died nine years ago.

Her family last night spoke of their shock and horror at the loss of Breda.

"We lost Hazel a few years ago and now we've lost another sister," said Sabrina Cummins. "The pain is killing all the family.

"We can't believe what some people are like and why this has happened to our family."

She said Breda was a "happy and very cheerful person" who "would never harm a fly".

However, she added: "But she had a drink problem. We tried to get her to stop, we told her it would kill her, but she wouldn't stop.

"She said she didn't care, that nobody cared about her.

"But it wasn't true, we all loved her very much."

Sabrina said Breda had taken her sister's death particularly badly and began drinking afterwards.

Breda had spoken to her mother just hours before her body was found and was said to be in "good form".

Her youngest sister, Joanna (18), said they didn't believe it when they first heard that she was dead.

"We thought it was some sort of sick joke," she said. "But then we talked to the guards and it was true, we're still trying to get our heads around it.

"Now our mother will have buried two of her daughters."

Neighbours also spoke of their shock. One man said: "Usually this part of town is very quiet. I didn't even hear anything.

"I heard the ambulance arrive and saw the flashing lights, but I didn't even go outside. I couldn't believe it when I got up and heard that she had been killed."

Both gardai and the victim's family said they were not aware of claims that Ms Cummins may have been pregnant at the time of her death.

The scene remained sealed off last night while gardai carried out house-to-house enquiries.

A post-mortem examination was also being carried out at Naas General Hospital.

"She didn't deserve what happened to her," said Sabrina.

"Our mother has lost another daughter and we've lost a sister."

Irish Independent

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