Friday 28 July 2017

Woman burned and stabbed during corrosive liquid attack at her city home

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and is being held at Henry Street Garda station in Limerick city
A 28-year-old man has been arrested and is being held at Henry Street Garda station in Limerick city

Barry Duggan and Cathal McMahon

A woman remains in a critical condition this evening (Sunday) after she was attacked and beaten at her home in Limerick city overnight.

The victim, named locally as Simone Lee (37), suffered the suspected assault at her flat in Hassetts Villas, Thomondgate.

Gardai were called to the scene at 12.40am after a passer-by noticed broken glass on the footpath near the property.

When officers from Mayorstone Garda station entered the home they found the woman with serious injuries to her body. A senior source said she had been badly beaten and stabbed at least once.

Detectives are also investigating if she was attacked with acid or another corrosive substance during the assault as she suffered burn injuries to her head.

An ambulance was called and the injured woman was taken to University Hospital Limerick. Gardai say that she is in a critical but stable condition.

A source said she was currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene and he is being detained at Henry St Garda station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.

The man was known to the woman but sources say he was not living in the home at the time.

A garda spokesman said: "The scene has been preserved for a technical examination. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone on 061 456980."

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