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Northern Ireland woman (48) survives stabbing attack in Florida


Gillian Johnston

Gillian Johnston

Martin Mahon

Martin Mahon

Gillian Johnston

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.

Belfast Telegraph