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Northern Ireland woman (48) survives stabbing attack in Florida

By Staff Reporter

A woman who left Northern Ireland four years ago for a new life in Florida has had a miracle escape from death.

It was reported that Gillian McCann-Johnston had been stabbed twice in the neck and once in her back.

The 48-year-old, who is originally from the Lisburn area, is lucky to be alive after the attack in her home in Fort Lauderdale.

A source said one of the stab wounds was close to the victim's spine.

Her ex-partner Martin Mahon (57), who formerly lived in Dublin, is charged with attempted murder and it is reported that after forcing his way into Ms McCann-Johnston's home he attacked her.

Sources said after he "thought she was dead" he turned the knife on himself and slit his own throat.

Mahon also survived.

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."

Mahon is currently in jail awaiting further court hearings on a charge of attempted murder.

Ms McCann-Johnston moved to America after meeting Mahon on holiday in Dublin but it was reported they had split up four months ago after she alleged the relationship had turned abusive.

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