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Martin Mahon, who has been charged with attempted murder in Florida.

Martin Mahon, who has been charged with attempted murder in Florida.

Martin Mahon, who has been charged with attempted murder in Florida.

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a knife attack on an Irish woman in Florida.

Gillian McCann-Johnston, who left Northern Ireland four years ago, had a miracle escape from death when she was stabbed in the neck and back.

The 48-year-old, who is originally from the Lisburn area, is lucky to be alive after the attack in her home in Fort Lauderdale, Flordia.

Her ex-partner Martin Mahon (57), who is said have onceĀ  lived in Dublin, has been charged with attempted murder and property damage.

Sources have claimed that after Mahon "thought she was dead" he turned the knife on himself and slit his own throat.

Both survived the knife attack.

Ms McCann-Johnston, who runs a cleaning business, later told friends on Facebook: "I'm so happy to be alive... guess it wasn't my time to go... and the scars will heal."

A source said one of the stab wounds was close to the victim's spine.

Mahon is curently in jail awaiting further court hearings in relation to the incident.

It is understood Ms McCann-Johnston moved to America after meeting Mahon on holiday in Dublin, but split recently.

Belfast Telegraph