A WOMAN who inflicted six stab wounds on another woman in what a judge called a “ferocious, frenzied, brutal and savage,” attack in Drogheda has been jailed for seven years.
Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court heard Nicola Smith, aged 38, from Cannon Street, Kells, Co Meath, had taken head shop products as well as vodka and wine on top of prescription medications for a psychiatric illness at the time.
She pleaded guilty to assaulting causing serious harm to Therese Moore on West Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, on March 20, 2010.
The knife attack left the victim with injuries to her abdomen and chest and doctors said she needed immediate surgery “to save her life”, prosecutor Kevin Seagrave said.
In her victim impact statement, Ms Moore, aged 61, said she is “haunted by the memory” of the attack.
In court, Smith apologised to Ms Moore and her family, saying, “I behaved like a wild animal and attacked somebody for no reason.”
Judge Michael O’Shea was told Ms Moore and her daughter were making their way to a 40th birthday party in a hotel at about 10pm when Smith approached and asked her for a light for a cigarette.
As Ms Moore replied “sorry I don’t smoke” she saw a knife in Smith’s hand and almost immediately she was stabbed and fell to the ground. The attack happened near a taxi rank and three taxi drivers ran to her aid. They convinced Smith to lower the knife. Two of them restrained her until the gardaí arrived.
Judge O’Shea said the attack was “ferocious, frenzied, brutal and savage”.
He imposed a seven-year jail term with the final two years suspended.