Two women in hospital with stab wounds after separate attacks

TWO women were receiving treatment at Waterford Regional Hospital yesterday following two separate stabbing incidents over a 24-hour period.

A local woman in her late 30s was in a serious but stable condition in hospital after suffering a number of stab wounds to the chest during an incident in a house in the Ballybricken area of the city. The scene was preserved and a technical examination took place.

Two men were arrested in connection with the incident and questioned at Waterford Garda Station. They were last night released without charge.

Investigating gardaí expect to forward a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter when they conclude their investigation.

The victim was taken to hospital after gardaí and emergency services made a forceful entry to a house in Martin’s Avenue following a call-out for an ambulance.

“A female in her late 30s was discovered slouched on a couch bleeding heavily from a number of stab wounds,” said Sgt John McDonald of Waterford Garda Station.

Two local men, one in his early 40s and another in his mid 30s, were first apprehended for public order offences but were later rearrested and questioned about the stabbing.

It is not known if the woman was resident in the house where the stabbing took place, but it is understood she was known to one of the men involved.

A second woman was also recovering in hospital yesterday after a separate incident. She was attacked in the back garden of her Tramore home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Gardaí understand the middle-aged woman was accosted by two youths who stabbed her with a Stanley knife after she disturbed them attempting to rob her garden shed.

“She saw the door open in a shed in the back of the house and went to investigate and a youth lunged at her, inflicting a number of serious wounds to her body with a sharp object,” Supt Gerry Lynch of Tramore Garda Station said.

While her wounds were superficial, the woman was detained in hospital.

The youths involved are described as aged between 18 and 20 years, approximately 5’6’’ tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the incident in the Moonlawn area of Tramore is asked to contact gardaí at 051 381888.

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