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Thursday 30 March 2017

Volatile homeless woman suspected of brutal attack 'capable of crime rampage'

A garda on foot patrol ‘greatly assisted’ in the early arrest.
A garda on foot patrol ‘greatly assisted’ in the early arrest.

Gardai had grave fears that a 33-year-old woman who was arrested for the vicious stabbing of a female civil servant may have been planning a crime rampage.

The "violent" homeless drug addict was arrested in the Tallaght area late on Wednesday after officers discovered the suspect "acting very strangely".

The woman, who is originally from Co Kildare, has been residing in homeless hostels in the city centre and is known to gardai for her "violent and erratic behaviour", according to sources.

Fears

"There are legitimate fears that this woman may have attacked other people, so it is a relief that she has been taken off the streets," a senior source said last night.

"Certainly, there were concerns that if she was not picked up, she may well have done serious harm to others and even gone on a violent rampage."

Gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the brutal stabbing, which happened on Drumcondra Road Lower between Clonliffe Road and the Archbishop's House shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.

"The prompt action of gardai on foot patrol, who assisted the injured woman, greatly assisted in this early arrest," a garda spokesman said yesterday.

Staff from the Archbishop's House also assisted the victim, who they say was staggering and appeared to have lost a lot of blood.

The 36-year-old victim, who was stabbed in the neck, is understood to be making a good recovery in the Mater Hospital.

However, investigating gardai have not yet been able to get a formal statement from the victim.

Her family did not wish to make any comment when contacted by the Herald yesterday.

The attacker demanded that the victim hand over her handbag before stabbing her in the neck in an unprovoked attack.

She then escaped with the woman's bag, which contained her mobile phone as well as other items.

Probe

CCTV has played a major role in the investigation and investigating officers obtained footage from the Archbishop's House as part of their probe, as well as from other businesses in the Drumcondra area.

CCTV footage showed the victim against a wall after being stabbed and the attacker sitting on a wall before the attack.

It is understood the suspect was identified shortly after the mugging.

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said it was "very tragic that a person simply walking home from work can be attacked like this".

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