Monday 24 April 2017

Woman fights for life after savage attack in her home

Solicitor screamed out window as burglar stabbed her

Forensic gardai attempt to find clues amid the bloodstains on the windows at the Dublin home of
Violet Quigley, who suffered multiple wounds in the attack and lost a significant amount of blood. Photo: MARK CONDREN
Forensic gardai attempt to find clues amid the bloodstains on the windows at the Dublin home of Violet Quigley, who suffered multiple wounds in the attack and lost a significant amount of blood. Photo: MARK CONDREN
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A SOLICITOR is fighting for her life after she was brutally stabbed in her home by a knife-wielding burglar as she screamed for help.

Violet Quigley (44) was on a life-support machine in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital last night after suffering multiple stab wounds to her legs, stomach, arms and side and wounds to the head.

She lost a lot of blood in the attack and she was being kept sedated for 24 hours by the hospital.

The unmarried solicitor, who works for the ESB, lives alone at Donaghmede Park, north Dublin.

Her parents last night said she was "too brave" to leave the house after another break-in earlier this week.

She was viciously attacked by a hooded man while she lay in bed in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Gardai investigating the case are examining a potential link between the attack and a burglary at the same house just after midday on Wednesday.

Alarm

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Ms Quigley's parents Teresa and Michael said that they had asked their daughter to stay with them after the break-in, but she refused.

"She was too brave," her mother Teresa said.

She said that Ms Quigley had just received a quote to change the locks on the house after the last break-in on advice from gardai.

Teresa Quigley made an emotional plea for anyone with information to come forward.

"I can't sleep, she is such a lovely girl, why would anybody do this to her?" she said.

"They didn't take anything -- why did they do this?"

Neighbours raised the alarm after seeing two men enter her house at around 12.30am yesterday morning.

However, the men escaped before gardai arrived at the scene. It is not clear if they had earlier managed to steal the keys to the house.

There were no signs of a forced entry and the door was left open after Ms Quigley's attacker fled yesterday.

Coolock-based gardai yesterday cordoned off the house and were conducting technical examinations.

A bloodstained handprint was still visible on the windowsill yesterday.

Locals described Ms Quigley as a private person who "kept herself to herself".

She was known to have left her house at around 8.30am and returned at 6pm every day.

An injured Ms Quigley told locals she had been attacked with a claw hammer. She also had wounds that appeared to have been caused by a blade.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the gardai in Coolock on 01 6664200, the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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