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Dublin man convicted of attempting to murder Co Antrim woman in US after frenzied knife attack

By Cian Murray

A Dublin man has been convicted of attempting to murder a woman from Co Antrim by plunging a knife into her neck during a frenzied attack in the US.

Martin Mahon, originally from Walkinstown in Dublin, has been convicted of attempting to murder his former partner, Gillian McCann Johnston, in Florida.

Ms McCann Johnston has told Independent.ie she's "relieved it's over". She also claimed he showed "no remorse" during the trial.

Ms McCann Johnston, who is originally from Co. Antrim, met Mahon in Dublin and had a two year relationship with him and moved to Florida with him.

However the couple split up in the summer of 2014, with Ms McCann Johnson forced to get a restraining order against the man in September of that year.

The trial heard that during the afternoon of October 27 2014, Mahon called to the woman's apartment in Fort Lauderdale. While there, he tried to convince his ex to drop the restraining order.

When she refused, he left the apartment, only to return at approximately 6am the following morning and stab the woman in the neck. He then attempted to cut his own neck.

Fortunately, a nearby friend heard the woman screaming and was able to alert the authorities. Ms McCann-Johnston miraculously survived the ordeal.

Friday last, Mahon was found guilty of second degree attempted murder and violating a restraining order.

Ms McCann-Johnston told Independent.ie: "I am just relieved that it's over and he can't hurt anyone else. The truth won. He showed no remorse at all. He couldn't man up and tell the truth."

He is being held in Broward County Jail in southern Florida, with sentencing due in February.

After the incident Ms McCann Johnston, who runs a cleaning business, told friends on Facebook: "I'm so happy to be alive... guess it wasn't my time to go... and the scars will heal."

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