Friday 26 May 2017

Unlike Clodagh and her family, Donna was lucky - she survived

Donna Foster said she ‘honestly believed’ she was about to die when she was attacked by her partner Patrick O’Rourke, who was sentenced to nine years in jail for the brutal assault Pic: Courtpix
Donna Foster said she ‘honestly believed’ she was about to die when she was attacked by her partner Patrick O’Rourke, who was sentenced to nine years in jail for the brutal assault Pic: Courtpix
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Donna Foster's former partner stabbed her so viciously that her airway was exposed through her neck and her small intestine was visible through her abdomen.

Last week, she told the Central Criminal Court that Patrick O'Rourke, from Cooline Drive, Cobh, Co Cork, had become incensed when she told him she was leaving him in August 2015.

It felt, she said, like he "never stopped stabbing her" with a boning knife he had taken from a press in the kitchen. The only reason she survived was because a child in the house risked her own life and threw herself between Ms Foster and her partner, suffering serious injury herself in the process.

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