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Burglar hacked artist's fingers 'like a butcher'

A burglar who hacked off a woman artist's fingers and used knives on her "like a butcher" had his sentencing adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

In the horrific attack carried out by James Kenny (35), the woman lost consciousness and when she awoke made her way to a local hotel where she collapsed and staff called an ambulance.

She needed to be resuscitated at hospital and had suffered three deep facial lacerations as well as life-threatening wounds. She also had stab wounds to her neck, abdomen and chest.

Her ring and little finger had been amputated at joints and her middle and index finger partially amputated.

The woman described Kenny as using the knives on her "like a butcher". She said she was sliding around in blood and felt her only option at one point was to play dead.

Judge Tony Hunt had adjourned the case for sentencing yesterday after hearing evidence and a victim impact statement last March

During the break-in Kenny pushed his way into the apartment wearing a balaclava and took several items before binding and gagging the woman and later attacking her.


He told gardai he had no reason to attack the woman, had a problem with painkillers, and had just wanted to get money.

The court earlier that doctors were able to successfully reattach her middle finger but she lost the other finger portions. Her facial scars are also still visible.

The woman is an artist but is now unable to hold a pen. She has never returned to the apartment.

Kenny, of Eden Block, Prospect Hill, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary with a knife and machete at another block of the Prospect Hill complex and to causing serious harm to the woman on September 2, 2009.

Breffni Gordon, defending, yesterday asked for the case to be adjourned. He said Kenny had been undertaking educational courses in Cloverhill Prison and asked for him be allowed to complete these.

He said he also wished to go through a report compiled by a consultant forensic psychologist with his client in detail.

Judge Hunt adjourned the case for mention at the end of this month and said the case would be finalised before the end of the year.