Monday 19 February 2018

Girlfriend tells of dragging victim away from vicious knife attackers

Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Stab victim Jamie Hennessy
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The girlfriend of a man who was stabbed and left fighting for his life says they were lured to a party by men who then launched the vicious assault.

Jessie Connell (20) dragged partner Jamie Hennessy (22) from a house in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, while two men repeatedly knifed him in the neck and head last Saturday, August 19. She was hit during the terrifying ordeal but managed to save Mr Hennessy's life by wrapping her jacket around his neck and shielding him from the assailants.

Ms Connell has revealed she intends to stand up to those who carried out the attack.

Ms Connell said: "We were in a pool of Jamie's blood. Them dogs that did this didn't even try run from the scene. They're all a bunch of sick creeps out there."

"I'll stand in court if I have to pin them scumbags to a wall," she added.

Ms Connell said she was still shaking eight days after the incident. Despite this, she is determined to tell her story in a bid to get "justice for Jamie".

Ms Connell explained that on the evening they were returning to their home in Athy, Co Kildare, after visiting Mr Hennessy's mother Sandra in Crettyard, Co Laois.

On their way, Jamie received multiple calls asking him to come to a party in Castlecomer. It was there that Jamie was brutally attacked.

"I never saw so much blood in my life. They didn't just stab him, they slit his throat and left him to die," she said.

Mr Hennessy was taken by ambulance to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny city where he was resuscitated twice after his heart stopped beating.

Doctors fought for over 24 hours to stop the bleeding in his neck and Mr Hennessy remains on a ventilator at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

Three men were arrested in connection with the stabbing on Saturday but all were subsequently released without charge.

Irish Independent

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