Neighbours disarmed son following frenzied knife attack

Paul Horgan
Paul Horgan

25-year-old Paul Horgan is in garda custody following yesterday’s horrific knife attack which took place in Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, Co Cork.

60-year-old Marian Horgan was killed in the attack and her husband 67-year-old William 'Billy' Horgan remains in hospital.

The Irish Independent reports that a group of neighbours, one of whom armed himself with a hurley, ran to the aid of Mr Horgan after his son Paul walked out of the house in a very agitated state with traces of blood on his clothing.

It is understood Paul told one shocked local: "I've just done a very bad thing."

Reports indicate that a neighbour heard screams coming from the house at around 7.30am and rushed in to help.

Marian and Billy Horgan

Mrs Horgan was found lying in a pool of blood while her husband, who was desperately trying to help his dying wife, was bleeding profusely from a knife wound to the head

Emergency services rushed to the scene but failed to stabilise Mrs Horgan, who had suffered multiple stab wounds.

She was pronounced dead before she could be transferred to Cork University Hospital.

Mr Horgan underwent emergency surgery yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery.

Their son Paul Horgan was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, and taken to Mayfield Garda Station for questioning. He can be questioned for an initial period of 12 hours but this can be extended further.