Man questioned over knife attack in Limerick

Victim remains in critical condition

David Hurley

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Man quizzed over frenzied knife attack in Limerick

The scene of the incident at Hassett's Villas - Picture: Press 22

A MAN is still being questioned about an horrific attack which left a woman with critical injuries.

The 37-year-old victim was named locally as Simone Lee, from Thomondgate. 

The victim was discovered by gardai who responded to reports of a disturbance in Thomondgate in the early hours of this morning.

The woman, who has been living in sheltered accommodation in recent times, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where her condition has been described as “critical but stable”.

While gardai have not disclosed any further details of the woman’s injuries, it is understood some form of corrosive substance was thrown at her face during the incident.

“It really is horrific what happened to her, she got an awful doing,” said one man who lives nearby.

The alarm was raised at around 12.40am after gardai responded to reports of a disturbance at a property at Hassett’s Villas, Thomondgate.

“When Gardaí entered the premises they observed a female with serious injuries to her body,” said a garda spokesman who confirmed the woman sustained a number of suspected stab wounds.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested a short time after the injured woman was discovered was taken to Henry Street garda station where he is being questioned.

It is understood he has connections to the St Mary’s Park area of the city.

The man is being detained under under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and gardai are in regular contact with the office of the DPP.

The incident happened at a building, which consists of a number of apartments.

The area, which has been declared a crime scene, was preserved throughout the day to facilitate technical and forensic examinations.

An upstairs window at one of the apartments appeared to be broken but it’s not known if that has any connection to what happened.

House-to-house inquiries were also carried out as part of the investigation which is being conducted by detectives attached to Mayorstone garda station.

It is not known if investigating gardai have spoken to the victim given the serious nature of her injuries.

Deputy Maurice Quinlivan, who lives in the area, says what happened is shocking.

“It is awful and my thoughts are with that woman and her family and I hope that she manages to pull through and I would appeal to anyone who has any information – no matter how little – to come forward to gardai because whoever is responsible needs to be taken off the streets,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayorstone garda station at (061) 456980.