Young mother used homemade ‘shiv’ to stab friend 22 times

Charlene Sherlock leaving Ennis Court yesterday having been further remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday, Dec 13. Pic: Press 22

A mother repeatedly stabbed her friend 22 times with a homemade “shiv” in a vicious and horrific attack in an Ennis playground earlier this year.

Mother of a nine-month-old baby girl, Charlene Sherlock, aged 23, assaulted Nicole Keane, 22, after accusing her of cheating on Ms Keane’s boyfriend who is also Ms Sherlock’s brother.

Using what a senior garda described as a “shiv”, Ms Sherlock slashed and stabbed Ms Keane in the face, neck and torso in a drunken attack in a playground area of the Holy Family Primary School on Station Road, Ennis, on Apr 13, 2013.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Ms Sherlock wept as she looked on at shocking CCTV showing her repeatedly bring the shiv down on Ms Keane’s prostrate body. During the incident, Ms Sherlock phoned her father to tell him “the young one is dead, the young one is dead. She has been stabbed”.

During the incident, Ms Sherlock took a break from stabbing her victim to continue what her counsel, Michael Collins BL, described as a “vicious and horrific” attack.

Detective Inspector John Galvin told the court Ms Sherlock attacked Ms Keane because she believed the victim was being unfaithful to Ms Sherlock’s brother whom the victim was going out with at the time.

Brendan Sherlock, 20, also with an address at Dromard, Ennis, was in prison at the time.

Det Insp Galvin said Ms Sherlock and Ms Keane, who were friends, met in town on the day of the assault. He said the pair drank vodka while Ms Sherlock also consumed two Upjohn tablets.

A 16-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome witnessed the assault after hearing screams from an alleyway adjoining the Holy Family. He said he observed Ms Sherlock stabbing and slashing the victim with a knife held in her right hand. He said Ms Sherlock repeatedly shouted: “Were you messing with my brother?”

Counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL said that the witness was confronted by Ms Sherlock at the scene. The teen fled to Dunnes Stores where he informed security staff what had occurred.

In her statement, Ms Keane said that all she remembers is receiving two stabs in the back. She declined to make a victim impact statement and wasn’t in court yesterday.

Det Insp Galvin said Ms Sherlock, who has 45 previous convictions, admitted stabbing Ms Keane two times. Mr Collins said after the assault his client walked “up the main street of Ennis, O’Connell Street, to rob a bottle of vodka, in a bloodied state, like Lady MacBeth”.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing to Limerick Circuit Criminal Court on Friday, Dec 13, and Ms Sherlock was further remanded in custody to that date.


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