#AceNewsReport – June.19: A mother who had to undergo nine hours of life-saving surgery after a man stabbed her in her home shortly before Christmas only cheated death because her courageous children came to her aid, Cork Circuit Criminal Court has heard: Gardaí have commended the bravery of the three children of the 47-year old woman: The family cannot be identified, by court order: The children raised the alarm and jumped to the assistance of their mother when 54-year old Thomas O’Sullivan of Silvercourt, Silversprings, Cork, broke into the family home in Cork City on 23 December 2019:
Court Report: Hears children’s bravery saved mother’s life after intervening a man broke into her home at Christmas and stabbed her: RTE.ie/
O’Sullivan was jailed for 12 years with the last two years suspended, having signed pleas of guilty to charges of assault causing serious harm to the woman, and assault causing harm to her 20-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son: Another teenage daughter of the woman, who was present during the attack, was not physically injured in the incident.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said that on the evening of the assault she and her three children had gone for a takeaway: They sang festive tunes in the car on the way home and her ten-year-old son was eagerly anticipating Christmas: She was in the bedroom of her home at about 11pm when the accused burst into the room wearing a balaclava……………….She said: “He began to stab me all over my body. He pushed me back on a bunk bed. I thought he was going to rape me. He kept stabbing me and the knife was tied to his wrist like a charm bracelet. I pushed him on to the ground and pulled his leather jacket over his face.
“When the children heard the screams my eldest daughter ran in to the room and saw him continue to stab me. She jumped on him too. My son came into the room and was screaming ‘Please, please stranger leave my Mommy alone.’………….”He stabbed both my son and daughter badly and I thought we were all killed. He kept repeating ‘I am going to kill you’………………”When the accused, Tommy O’Sullivan, pulled off the balaclava I fully realised who was trying to kill us in the room.”
The woman said that she suffers from PSTD arising out of the incident: The whole family bear emotional scars: “I have lost all confidence. I cannot breathe properly because of my punctured lung,” she said: “I watch my children having nightmares and hear them scream so we are constantly reliving that night. I was shocked when I discovered that my children were sleeping with items under their pillows to protect themselves from further harm:
Det Garda Durkan said the 20-year-old woman received a laceration wound to the rear of her head and a defensive wound to her hand: The ten-year-old boy received a single stab wound under his armpit: The 47-year-old woman sustained multiple stab wounds to her torso…………………Garda Durkan described the incident as having been pre-planned and entirely without provocation.
He said that Thomas O’Sullivan would have succeeded in carrying out his plan, save for the intervention of the woman’s three children: Their “act of bravery” did not come without a price, he told Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin…………….Defence counsel, Ray Boland, said that his client suffered from severe mental health difficulties and was very remorseful for his actions. He appealed for leniency given that a signed plea had been entered in the case. He apologised to the family on behalf of his client……………..Judge Ó Donnabháin said that O’Sullivan had entered the house with a knife which he secured to his wrist with a string to prevent it from being taken from him. He said it was a “determined and vicious assault”.
He said that the injured mother was in hospital from 23 December until 17 January 2020 after she sustained a punctured lung in the incident: He acknowledged the “complex psychiatric background” and the guilty plea, but said that stabbing injuries were “particularly traumatic”
#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: June.19: 2020:
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