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West Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, where the stabbing took place. Google Maps

Woman who stabbed victim acted like "a wild animal"

The woman was found guilty of stabbing a 61 year old mother on West Street in Drogheda after asking her for a light for a cigarette.

A WOMAN WHO stabbed another woman six times has described her behaviour on the night of incident as that of “a wild animal”.

The Irish Daily Star reports today on the case of Nicola Smith (38), who was jailed yesterday for seven years for stabbing Therese Moore (61) in an attack that was described in Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court as “ferocious, frenzied, brutal and savage”.

On the night of the attack, 20 March 2010, Smith, of Cannon Street, Kells, Co Meath, was “intoxicated on head shop drugs, prescription medicine and vodka”, the paper reports.

She was on West Street, Drogheda, Co Louth when she saw Moore and asked for a light for a cigarette.

Moore said she didn’t smoke and was almost immediately stabbed by Smith.

The attack that left the victim with injuries so bad she needed life-saving surgery.

In an victim impact statement, Moore said she is “haunted by the memory” of what happened.

Smith apologised to Moore and her family for her actions. She received a seven-year sentence with the final two suspended on condition of good behaviour for three years after release.