Man repeatedly stabbed partner in face with knife

A Waterford man, who repeatedly stabbed his partner in the face with a knife during a “jealous row”, was found guilty by a Jury in the Circuit Court, last week of assaulting of causing of causing harm.Jamie Coughlan (38) with an address at Larchville, Waterford, was convicted after a three-day trial in which the victim believed she had lost her nose as a result of a stab wound.
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Noel Whelan, BL, for the DPP, said it was a “horrible crime” and was committed in their home in Philip Street, Waterford, last year
In evidence the distressed victim said she did not remember what happened to her. She was shown three blood-stained cushions as well a towel and gown and confirmed they were from her home.In a statement to the Garda the victim said the couple were in a relationship since 2011. On the night in question they just started arguing and she remembered the accused man stabbing her in the face with a knife. There were cuts to her neck, chest, chin and arms. She was petrified and thought he was going to kill her. It was like he just snapped, she said. She admitted she was still in a relationship with the accused.

Vascular Surgeon Morgan McGonagle said in a report that there were also scars beneath the victim’s eyes and she had a nine centimetre wound to her neck over the collar bone. She could have bled to death if left untreated.

The court heard that when interviewed by the Garda, the accused man denied causing the injuries. He said they had been arguing and he feared she was seeing somebody else. He said he thought she caused the injuries to herself. He admitted washing the knife after the incident and he was not sure the incident was real or he was in a dream. After the incident he fled the scene and acted illogically and illogically and tried to rid himself of any responsibility.
Adjourning the case for sentence, Judge Eugene O’Kelly asked the prosecution to for the DPP’s view of sentencing and to indicate where the case ranked in terms of severity. He remanded the accused man in custody to February 28th.

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