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Main suspect in Violet knife attack is 'man with a grudge'

DETECTIVES investigating the horrific knife attack on a Dublin solicitor suspect her attacker may have held a grudge against her.

Violet Quigley (44) may have been targeted by a man who was known to her but wore a balaclava mask so that he would not be recognised by her.

It is one of the lines of inquiry being pursued by gardai as the woman continues to receive hospital treatment following the brutal knife attack at her home in Donaghmede Park a week ago.

Another earlier line of inquiry centred on the theft of her laptop from her home some time before the brutal knife attack.


A source said a suspect in the case was believed to have had a grudge against her. The suspect's marriage is believed to have broken down and he may have blamed the solicitor for what he felt might have been some kind of intrusion in the matter, said the source.

The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds to her legs, stomach, arms and head.

She lost a substantial amount of blood during the assault by a masked man wielding a knife and a claw hammer.

The solicitor works in the ESB's legal section.

Neighbours heard Ms Quigley's screams during the incident and rushed to her aid, saving her life.

Following the theft of her laptop from her home, she rang her parents, who pleaded for her to stay with them, but she declined.

Ms Quigley was alone in her home when she was attacked just after 11.30pm.

One neighbour who ran into the house said that the bedroom was like an "abattoir".

"There was a phenomenal amount of blood," she said.

"Violet was saying, 'Why would he do this to me?'"

One source said that detectives are now investigating whether the lawyer knew her attacker.

"We just don't know at the moment but the level of violence was extreme and that would be very, very unusual for a case where the attacker didn't know the victim," they said.