Brute who viciously knifed his ex-partner jailed for attempted murder

Denis Leahy
Denis Leahy

A 50-year-old man who launched a 'vicious' knife attack on his ex-partner has been jailed for 14 years.

Denis Leahy of Queen Street, Dublin 7 was charged with attempting to murder Rose Kenny at School Street Flats, Dublin 8 on September 23, 2014.

They had previously been in a relationship for 15 years.

Leahy pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Rose Kenny after the case had opened to the jury at the Central Criminal Court on June 22.

He had previously pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ms Kenny at the same address on the same date.

Today Mr Justice Paul Butler sentenced Leahy to 14 years imprisonment and backdated it to September 23, 2014.

"The lowest sentence I can impose on this case is 14 years. I considered a suspension but there is no basis on which to do so," he said. 

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During the case the court heard that Ms Kenny was a woman who was in her late forties at the time and she lived in a flat on the first floor of School Street Flats, off Thomas Street in Dublin 8.

On September 23 2014 Ms Kenny was going to work in a local resource centre where she worked in a creche three days a week.

The court heard that she left her flat at 7.50am that morning and came down the stairs where she saw a man reading a newspaper at the end of the stairs.

Rose Kenny

"He was blocking her path so Ms Kenny politely said 'excuse me' or 'morning' to alert him to the fact that she was there," said counsel.

Mr Marrinan said that almost immediately Leahy stood up and started an assault on Ms Kenny starting with the words: "You called the cops on me."

Leahy then launched into a "vicious assault" on Ms Kenny and she was stabbed a "large number of times." 

"Three times to the neck area, to the chest, to the abdomen and shoulder. She was not aware of what was going on and she eventually collapsed. Her attacker made good his escape," said counsel.

The court heard that Ms Kenny was rushed to St James's Hospital where she underwent lifesaving treatment and "thankfully recovered from her injuries." 

Leahy was subsequently arrested and detained in Mountjoy Garda Station where he was interviewed.