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Newtownabbey attack: Man charged with attempted murder after woman repeatedly stabbed in Ashgrove Road

Published 22/01/2016

Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture: Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture: Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police at the scene of the arrest. Picture Kevin Scott.
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Police seal off a house while forensic experts examine the scene of a serious assault - A woman is critically ill in hospital after an assault at a house in Carnmoney, County Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan
Officers at scene of the attack

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a brutal attack in east Belfast left a young mother seriously injured in hospital.

The woman was stabbed in a "frenzied attack" at her home in Glengormley in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, on Wednesday of last week.

The 33-year-old was also charged with breach of a non-molestation order, burglary with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, two counts of theft and four other offences.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.

A friend of the woman's said last week: "She was in a very bad state when she was brought into hospital and we feared she wouldn't make it.

"The medical staff fought a tremendous battle to save her life. It was touch-and-go for a long time.

"Her father was desperately concerned about her. Her condition improved as the day went on. She started breathing on her own and they were able to take her off life support.

"When she woke up at first she didn't talk, she just cried, but then she gathered herself together and found the strength to speak to detectives and tell them what happened."

It was first thought the woman was stabbed at least seven times in her Ashgrove Road home, but when she was treated it was found she was wounded up to 27 times.

Neighbours reportedly heard her screaming for help during the attack.

The young mother allegedly managed to phone emergency services for assistance before her assailant snatched the phone from her and fled.

Friends said she works as a classroom assistant. She had previously worked as a waitress in a north Belfast pub where she had been a popular member of staff. Her children are currently staying with relatives.

Local DUP Assembly Member Paula Bradley, who lives close to where the attack took place, expressed her outrage at the assault.

"This is a very quiet residential area and local residents in Ashgrove are shocked and horrified by what happened," she said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with this young woman and I hope that she will make a full recovery."

Local SDLP councillor Noreen McClelland added: "This was a vicious and despicable attack on a young woman who lived in this home with her children."

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