A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being burned, stabbed, and beaten in a vicious attack at her home in Limerick.
The serious assault took place inside the woman’s flat at Hassetts Villas, Thomondgate, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The woman, named locally as Simone Lee, aged 37, from Thomondgate, sustained “burn marks to her face, neck, and torso”, Garda sources said.
They could not rule out the possibility that acid may have been used, but they were also examining the possibility that boiling water was poured over her.
A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attacking Ms Lee was being held at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The Garda source said he is known to Ms Lee but was not living in the flat with her.
Ms Lee was found inside her first-floor flat with burn marks, a stab wound in her back, and a deep cut to her head.
“She had one stab wound to her back and she had quite a severe laceration to her forehead,” said a source. “The guy who apparently assaulted her was still there when the emergency services arrived at the flat.”
Gardaí and the emergency service first responders discovered Ms Lee lying on the floor, naked from the waist up, in a pair of wet jeans.
It looked like she had been there for some time, and according to the source, she was “semi-conscious” and “massively hyperthermic”.
Ms Lee was initially treated at the scene by paramedics and then rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, where she was in a critical but stable condition last night.
Her townhouse flat, a number of adjoining properties, and two roadway access points leading to the apartment block were sealed off ahead of a technical examination by Garda forensic officers today.
Shards of glass were visible on the street outside the flat and an upstairs window was smashed. It is believed an iron board was thrown through the window at the flat.
Gardaí have yet to speak to Ms Lee but said they were keen to speak to anyone with information, and they are also investigating whether there were other people in the house during the savage assault.
Anyone with information can contact Mayorstone Garda station at 061 456980, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any station.
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