Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Portuguese woman is stabbed repeatedly during house party

A woman remains seriously ill in hospital after being repeatedly stabbed at a party in Co Tyrone.

The victim (29), understood to be a Portuguese national, suffered multiple wounds during the attack at a house in Dungannon.

The incident was reported to police shortly before 5am on Sunday, although details have only just been released.

It is understood the woman had been attending a party at Annagole in the town when the stabbing took place. She was discovered bleeding from various wounds by police officers, who had been called to investigate reports of a fight at the address.

The victim suffered puncture wounds to her bowel, stomach, liver, shoulder and back and was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital, where her condition was described yesterday as “critical but stable”.

Three men, aged 28, 32 and 39, were arrested by police. One of the men, understood to be the victim’s estranged husband and also a Portuguese national, was taken to hospital after suffering cuts to his hand. He has since been discharged. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remained in custody last night. The two other men have since been released on bail.

Police attending the scene came under attack from youths hurling missiles. Their actions were condemned by Inspector Stephen Moneypenny from Dungannon PSNI station.

“While officers were attempting to preserve the scene they were pelted with bottles and glass. As a result an armoured vehicle had to be tasked to offer protection. It is extremely disappointing and, in view of the seriousness of the incident, I would have hoped for and expected full co-operation.”

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