A teenage boy has been charged with attempting to murder his mother after she was stabbed in a frenzied attack.
The middle-aged woman was repeatedly stabbed as she lay in bed sleeping at her home in the Shore Road area of north Belfast.
It is understood one of her lungs was punctured in the ordeal. The savage attack in the early hours of Sunday — just hours before she was due to attend church — has left neighbours of the quiet family stunned. A PSNI spokeswoman said: “Police have charged a 14-year-old male youth with attempted murder. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday July 11.”
“As is normal procedure the charge will be reviewed by the PPS.”
It is understood the victim was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital after she dragged herself out of the house and onto the street to raise the alarm.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received two calls for assistance on Sunday, the first being at 3.14am.
An ambulance crew arrived to treat the victim at 3.21am and after receiving treatment by paramedics, the woman was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital at 3.47am.
The working mother, described by a neighbour as “deeply religious” is understood to have tried to alert her next door neighbours to what was happening.
However, as they were asleep at the back of their home they failed to hear her desperate cry for help. A local clergyman, who lives not far from the victim, is believed to have come to her aid and made an emergency call for an ambulance.
“She is a keen church-goer and has a strong faith and is the last person you would expect this to happen to,” said one neighbour.
The injured woman’s 14-year-old son cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Residents told the Belfast Telegraph people in the area were “shocked and surprised” by what had happened to the woman.
One woman, who did not want to be identified, said: “It’s awful.
“I don’t know her very well. She is a quiet woman and keeps herself to herself. I hope she is ok.”
Another woman said: “You just don’t expect to hear this sort of thing happening.
“Everyone is shocked by what happened.”
A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust told the Belfast Telegraph she was restricted from providing any information regarding the patient’s condition.