Sunday 18 March 2018

Knife attack on woman was meant to mutilate her, gardaí believe

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Deirdre Reynolds and Ralph Riegel

A young woman may have to undergo plastic surgery after being mutilated in a knife attack in the street.

The 29-year-old was rushed to Cork University Hospital for emergency surgery after being repeatedly slashed across the face by a lone male attacker.

Gardaí suspect that the woman was deliberately singled out in a vicious assault intended to mutilate her.

The victim, who is continuing to receive treatment, had just parked her car off Friar Street in the inner city when she was approached by a man reportedly wielding a Stanley knife at around 11.30am on Wednesday.

Passers-by rushed to the woman's aid, before paramedics arrived to find her face covered in blood following an attack which is believed to have lasted a number of minutes.

A forensic examination of the crime scene was carried out in a bid to obtain DNA evidence.

Detectives are also reviewing CCTV footage and conducting house-to-house enquiries in the hopes of identifying her attacker, who fled the scene by foot.

Meanwhile, they ruled out the possibility that the attack was a robbery which went wrong.

A garda spokesperson confirmed: "A 29-year-old female sustained facial stab wounds during an incident involving a male at Ardfallen Terrace, off Friar Street. She was taken to Cork University Hospital where she is continuing to receive treatment."

Although her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the woman may now have to endure extensive plastic surgery after reportedly suffering "mutilating" wounds to her face.

As the victim remains sedated at Cork University Hospital, detectives are waiting for permission from doctors to take a formal statement, but are hoping she may be able to identify the man who waited until she got out of her car to launch the savage assault.

One line of enquiry which they are believed to be investigating is whether the attack may relate to an incident involving a dispute between two young women in Cork city earlier this month.

Officials last night confirmed that enquiries were ongoing, and appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the attack or any suspicious activity in the area on Wednesday around midday to contact them in confidence. The spokesperson added: "Anybody with information is asked to contact the Bridewell Garda station on 021-4943332 or the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111."

Irish Independent

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