Alcoholic stab victim told to change her ways
A JUDGE told a young woman, "well done, you did live and you didn't die" after he heard how the woman survived a vicious knife attack by a friend in a school playground.
But he told alcoholic Nicole Keane (22) that she must resolve to change her behaviour following her brush with death.
Keane, of Bridge View, Roslevan, Ennis, Co Clare, appeared in court in relation to two public-order offences committed in September.
The judge's comments came just two days after harrowing details of a horrific assault on Keane had been heard at the same courthouse in Ennis.
The court heard that in that attack, Charlene Sherlock (23), of Dromard, Lahinch Road, Ennis, stabbed her friend 22 times on the torso and face. The attack was over claims that Keane had been unfaithful to her boyfriend at the time -- Sherlock's brother.
Keane survived the attack after emergency surgery at Cork University Hospital.
She was not present for Sherlock's sentencing hearing on Monday and opted not to give a victim-impact statement.
But Keane did appear at Ennis District Court yesterday in connection with separate incidents -- two public-order offences at Summerhill, Ennis on September 16 this year.
She pleaded guilty to the charges.
The court heard that Keane was drunk and verbally abusive to gardai near the market area of Ennis.
Her solicitor William Cahir told the court: "Ms Keane is an alcoholic and a very bad alcoholic since she was a teenager."
Judge Patrick Durcan said: "I have great sympathy for any victim of crime and great sympathy for your client. Well done, Ms Keane, that you did live and you didn't die. That's the reality, you now know how close it is, the step between living and dying."
However, he added: "It is not acceptable that you have someone sitting on the road telling gardai to get lost."
Judge Durcan ordered that Keane complete 120 hours of community service.
Sherlock is due to be sentenced in connection with the multiple stabbing next month at Limerick Circuit Court.