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Thursday 22 March 2018

'I'm going to kill you' - Leading children's rights campaigner (72) held at knifepoint in terrifying home invasion

Christina Noble at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Christina Noble at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

Ryan O'Rourke

ONE of the country's leading rights campaigners has revealed she was attacked in her home last night.

Christina Noble (72) has described the terrifying moments she was held at knife point by a home-intruder at her home in Dublin.

The children’s rights campaigner spoke on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk this morning about her ordeal.

She was asleep on her couch when her house was broken into - Ms Noble was told it was likely the man used a screwdriver to jolt open the door, which was locked

“There was something tipping my arm and when I turned around he put the knife he had in his hand over my throat,” Ms Noble said.

Ms Noble, a mother-of-three, described how the attacker demanded money, and became increasingly more threatening when she did not meet his demands.

Christina Noble
Christina Noble

“He was screaming ‘give me the money, give me the money. I’m going to kill you, do you understand, I’m going to kill you'," she said.

The attacker stayed in Ms Noble’s home until she was able to hit a panic button, which caused her attacker to flee.

“He was here for 12 minutes, and that could have been 12 hours when somebody has a knife right up to your throat.” She said.

Ms Noble described her attacker as being around five feet six inches in height, dressed in black and having a Dublin accent.

She described how she has been like living “in a dream since it happened” but that reality hit home today.

“Here I am in the home that I value and love, the home I bought for my family to bring them back together again, and it feels soiled now," she said.

Ms Noble, who had just returned from doing charity work in Vietnam, wanted to warn people to lock their doors and be vigilant.

“I just want people to know there is a man going around doing this," she said.

The Dublin native founded the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in 1989, after she had a recurring dream, during the Vietnam War, about children over in Vietnam appealing for her help.

She arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in 1989 and against all the odds, set up the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, which provides vital health services, education and support to thousands of vulnerable children and their families annually.

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