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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Knifed Breda was pregnant, says brother

YOUNG mother Breda Cummins, who was viciously stabbed to death, was pregnant.

Ms Cummins was in the early stages of her pregnancy when she was violently attacked in her home.

The victim (31) received wounds to her upper body inflicted with a kitchen knife while she lay in bed. Her brother Jason today confirmed that she was expecting.

A suspect arrested in connection with Breda's murder remained in garda custody today. The 48- year-old was being questioned at Kildare Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Ms Cummins’ partner, who was hurt in the incident, was treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Ms Cummins (31), a mother of one, was stabbed in her home at Michael Dooley's Terrace, Athy, Co Kildare.

Originally from Celbridge, she had been living at the address for only a number of weeks, having previously lived in Castledermot, Co Kildare.

She shared the house in Athy with her partner, while another man, who was renting the house, also lived there.

Ms Cummins was at home with her two housemates when a fourth individual, a man, visited them on Wednesday evening.

Reports today stated Breda had previously accused the man of hitting her.

"She told me before, he used to smack her. She asked me to try to help her," Breda's brother Jason was quoted as saying.



WOUNDS

Following an incident later on, Breda was stabbed, while her partner suffered minor wounds. The man who had been visiting the house was arrested at a house in Castledermot early yesterday morning.

His house and the house where Breda was living have been examined by the Garda Technical Bureau.

It has also emerged that Ms Cummins had refused to go to hospital just hours before her murder when she was suffering with chronic stomach pains.

Breda was pregnant or may have recently had a miscarriage, it has emerged.

Gardai were called to the house at 12.35am and discovered Breda's body.

Ms Cummins, who had a 13-year-old son, had six sisters and three brothers. Hazel, the eldest girl, died nine years ago.

Breda's family spoke of their shock at losing another sister.

Sabrina Cummins said, "the pain is killing all the family".

She added: "We can't believe what some people are like and why this has happened to our family."

Sabrina described her sister as "happy" and "cheerful", adding she "wouldn't hurt a fly".

She admitted Breda had a drink problem, which her family had pleaded with her to address but "she wouldn't stop".

Sabrina said Breda had taken her sister's death particularly badly and began drinking afterwards.

Breda had spoken to her mother just hours before her death and appeared to be in "good form".

Her youngest sister Joanna (18) said they thought it was a "sick joke" when they first heard the news. She said the family was "still trying to get our heads around it".

A post-mortem examination was carried out at Naas General Hospital. The man injured in the knife attack, who had wounds to his hand, was recovering in hospital.

Her death was the second tragedy to hit the Cummins family following the death of another sister, Hazel, a number of years ago.

Breda was badly affected by Hazel's death and developed a drink problem afterwards, her family revealed.

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