Sunday 20 October 2019

Arrest made in savage stabbing of Dublin solicitor

Forensics officers at the home of Violet Quigley
Forensics officers at the home of Violet Quigley
Gada forensics officers investigate the scene where Violet Quigley was stabbed
Forensics officers at the home of Violet Quigley

A man has been arrested over the near fatal stabbing of a Dublin solicitor in 2011.

Violet Quigley, 46, received horrific injuries when she was attacked in her own home in Donaghmede North Dublin on April 8th, 2011.

Ms Quigley, 46, worked as a solicitor for the ESB and had been living in the area for several years before the attack.

Detectives were probing if the stabbing in the quiet suburban estate was connected to a burglary at the same house some days earlier.

Gardai arrested a man in his 30s today in relation to the incident.

He is currently being detained at Coolock Garda station.

Ms Quigley received near fatal injuries when she was savagely attacked with a knife and claw hammer in her home.

Ms Quigley lost a huge amount of blood during the assault by a masked man wielding a knife and a claw hammer in the attack at around midnight on April 8.

Neighbours heard Ms Quigley's screams during the incident and rushed to her aid, saving her life.

She was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds to her legs, stomach, arms and head -- she was left in a critical condition and was on a life support machine for over 24 hours.

Luckily, she survived the frenzied attack, but only after receiving 25 pints of blood in transfusions.

One neighbour who ran into the house said that the bedroom was like an "abattoir".

"There was a phenomenal amount of blood," she said.

"Violet was saying, 'Why would he do this to me?'"

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