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Family of woman burned, stabbed and beaten in home reveal details of "horrific attack"


The family of a woman burned, stabbed, and beaten at her home in Limerick have revealed her life hangs in the balance.

Simone Lee (37) was the victim of a serious assault that took place inside a woman's flat at Hassett's Villas, Thomondgate, Saturday night, Sunday morning.

Today Simone’s family told of the extent of her injuries, and how her life hangs in the balance.

Speaking from their home in Moyross, Simone’s niece, who is also her next of kin, said doctors plan to move her to hospital in Cork so her burns can be expertly treated but they have to wait to assess the rest of her injuries which have her in a critical condition in intensive care in University Hospital Limerick.

“Her head and chest are all burned, and she was stabbed three or four times in the back, and she has slash marks all down her arms. It was a horrific attack,” said Megan Lee (19).

“We don't know exactly what happened, but we think Simone was locked into the room and couldn't get out, because she seems to have thrown an ironing board through the window either to try and escape or to at least the attract attention."

Ms Lee suffered burn marks to her face, neck, and torso during the attack.

"We don't know whether the burn marks were caused by some kind of acid or by some kind of boiling water," they said.

Detectives were liaising with doctors treating Ms Lee at University Hospital Limerick to determine the cause of her burn injuries.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and he is being detained at Henry Street Garda Station.