Wednesday 24 April 2019

Boy (15) was 'calm' as he slashed woman's neck

Horror: The scene of the attempted murder, where the victim was left to die by her attacker
Horror: The scene of the attempted murder, where the victim was left to die by her attacker
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A 15-year-old boy was "calm" when he cut a woman's throat in a horrifying murder attempt, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The teen had met the then 25-year-old woman through a social media app and asked to take a selfie when he put her in a stranglehold and knifed her, cutting into her windpipe.

The victim, Stephanie Ng, said her life had been "destroyed" by the attack and she would struggle to ever forgive him for his "demonic" actions.

Mr Justice Michael White adjourned sentencing after hearing a psychiatric report would be needed.

The boy, now aged 16, pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Ms Ng at the seafront, Queen's Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, on December 23, 2017.

The court heard the accused and the victim had made contact through the Whisper app and the boy told her he was 19 years old.

He said he could not commit to girls, telling her: "It's like being a psychopath, you just don't feel it so it's pretty crazy feeling it for the first time."

They arranged to meet, he indicated that "he would bring her to a secret spot" and she jokingly said it sounded like "he was going to murder her".

Ms Ng wept as she read out a harrowing victim impact statement in court yesterday.

She said she remembered during the attack the boy calmly whispered "stop screaming, stop screaming" as a tear rolled down her cheek and she took "what I thought was going to be my last breath as he choked the life out of me".

The boy inflicted a 10cm slash wound to her neck and cut through her trachea, damaging her voice box.

Irish Independent

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