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Members of the gardai at the scene where a 44-year-old was stabbed in Donaghmede Park, Dublin

Members of the gardai at the scene where a 44-year-old was stabbed in Donaghmede Park, Dublin

Members of the gardai at the scene where a 44-year-old was stabbed in Donaghmede Park, Dublin

THE man arrested by gardai probing the attempted murder of a Dublin solicitor has been released without charge.

The criminal, who is aged in his 30s, was picked up in the Portland Close area of the north inner city yesterday morning and was questioned overnight.

The man is the chief suspect in the stabbing of Violet Quigley in Donaghmede, north Dublin, more than two years ago.

Gardai confirmed he was released from custody early this morning.

A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A senior source said: "This man is suspected of taking part in the knife attack which almost cost this woman her life."

It's thought he may have been paid to carry out the attack.

Detectives made the arrest after receiving new information about the assault, which they are treating as attempted murder. The solicitor (44) sustained multiple stab wounds, as well as head injuries, when she disturbed a burglar armed with a knife.

A cash reward has been offered for information about the April 2011 attack at Ms Quigley's home.

The last major development before yesterday came in July 2011, when gardai picked up the man they believe hired a cash-strapped drug addict to carry out the attack.

The suspect was released without charge after being questioned for 18 hours.It is understood that he is not co-operating with gardai.

Investigations have revealed that the arrested man, who knew Ms Quigley extremely well, decided to have her murdered for personal reasons. It is believed she was targeted because of a financial dispute.

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

The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after being stabbed in her legs, stomach, arms and head. She was on a life support machine for over 24 hours and needed 25 pints of blood in transfusions.

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?'."

kfoy@herald.ie


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