Saturday 17 March 2018

Home 'covered in blood' after stabbing of partner

Patrick O’Rourke pictured at Clonakilty Court in August 2015. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts
Patrick O’Rourke pictured at Clonakilty Court in August 2015. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

Alison O'Riordan

Gardaí arrived to a Cork home that was "covered in blood" after a 63-year-old man tried to murder his partner by repeatedly stabbing her, a court was told.

Patrick O'Rourke apologised "sincerely and unconditionally" to his former partner Donna Foster for what he had done.

The court heard that as a result of the "horrific" attack, Ms Foster's airways were exposed in her neck and she had injuries to her upper abdomen through which her small intestine was visible.

Ms Foster told gardaí that O'Rourke "never stopped stabbing her" and felt that she was going to die, the court heard. Ms Foster had suffered "quite horrific injuries" in the attack.

O'Rourke, of Cooline Drive, Ballyvoloon, Cobh, Co Cork was charged with attempting to murder Ms Foster at Cooline Drive on August 11, 2015.

Yesterday, O'Rourke wished her "health, happiness and success in her life" and said that their years together were the "happiest" of his life.

"On the morning of August 11, 2015, my life and the life of many changed.

"I stand here before you Donna Foster to sincerely and unconditionally apologise for that morning. I am really sorry for what I have done," he said to the court.

On Monday at the Central Criminal Court, O'Rourke pleaded not guilty to the charge and a jury was sworn in to hear his trial.

But yesterday, Brendan Grehan SC asked for his client to be re-arraigned and arraigned on another count.


Mr Grehan also asked the court for an opportunity for his client to read a letter of apology to the court.

O'Rourke then pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Ms Foster in Cork last year.

He also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a minor at the same address on the same date.

Mr Justice McCarthy told the jury that as the accused had pleaded guilty, there was no need to hold a trial.

O'Rourke was then remanded in custody ahead of his sentence hearing on November 25, when victim impact statements will be read to the court.

Irish Independent

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