A garda on routine patrol came across a woman who was knifed in the throat during an attempted mugging in Dublin yesterday evening.
Gardaí have today launched a fresh appeal for witnesses to the horror knife attack which took place outside the Archbishop's House.
Last night Independent.ie revealed how the 36-year-old woman was confronted as she walked along Lower Drumcondra Road shortly after 5pm.
The female attacker demanded that the victim hand over her handbag, before stabbing her in the neck.
It has now emerged that a garda on routine patrol came across the injured woman. The officer raised the alarm and the victim was taken to the nearby Mater Hospital.
It has also emerged that the victim was stabbed multiple times in the incident. Her injuries were not, however, believed to be life-threatening.
Now gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses. In a statement they said tey were particularly "appealing to anybody who was in the vicinity of Drumcondra Road Lower between Clonliffe Rd and the Archbishop's House between 5pm and 5.30pm."
Witnesses are asked to contact the incident room at Mountjoy Garda Station on 01-666 8600, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Last night, Archbishop Martin described the incident as "tragic".
"It's very sad to realise that someone just walking home from work would be attacked like that. I sincerely hope the woman will be OK. It's a tragic event," he said.
Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West, called for a heightened Garda presence in the area.
"This is a dreadful, unprovoked attack in a normally peaceful part of the city," said Mr Rock.
"It's simply not good enough that someone can't walk down one of the main pedestrian routes in our city in the early evening for fear of this kind of incident.
"Gardaí need to improve their presence in Drumcondra, and the city council must improve the lighting here as soon as possible. It's pitch black in parts."