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A man who stabbed two women and a 10-year-old boy in their own home last Christmas was jailed for 10 years.

Thomas O'Sullivan (54) was jailed for 12 years, with two suspended, by Judge Seán O Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

"This was a determined and vicious attack," the judge warned.

The judge added it was apparent that a long-standing grudge O'Sullivan had borne towards the family because of an alleged incident a number of years earlier had been allowed to fester until it had apparently "boiled up out of control".

The defendant, with an address at Silvercourt, Silversprings, Co Cork, was convicted of three counts of assault causing serious harm on December 23 last.

O'Sullivan was first charged before Cork District Court on Christmas Eve and appeared before the Circuit Criminal Court on guilty pleas.

The court previously heard how O'Sullivan broke in to the property. He had a knife bound to his wrist and stabbed the mother in the chest after threatening to kill her.

The woman's children, a young woman (20) and a boy (10), heard desperate shouts for help and bravely ran to her aid. The little boy pleaded with the intruder not to hurt his mother before being stabbed himself.

In a victim impact statement, the mother said she feared for her life that night with the intruder wearing the knife tied to his wrist "like a charm bracelet".

"He kept repeating: 'I am going to kill you.' My son came into the room and was screaming: 'Please, please stranger, leave my Mommy alone.' But he stabbed both my son and my daughter badly - I thought we were all killed," she said.

"I told my daughter to run to the neighbours and get help - she still feels bad about leaving me.

"I had a nine-and-a-half-hour surgery and was left in a bad way because of the loss of blood.

"You intended to do this - you came prepared. I hope God will forgive you - but I cannot," the mother said.

Irish Independent