Rural community in 'shock and horror' after woman stabbed to death

The fatal assault of a young woman has sent waves of ‘shock and horror’ through a rural community.

The 27-year-old victim was discovered in her home outside Athboy, Co. Meath, with reported stab wounds, and was later pronounced dead.

A man in his 30s was later arrested. Gardaí and the National Ambulance Service were called to a house in the townland of Rathmore in the early hours of yesterday morning, where they found the woman unresponsive.

rural community in 'shock and horror' after woman stabbed to death

The fatal assault of a young woman has sent waves of ‘shock and horror’ through a rural community. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It is understood the victim had recently moved to the area from Eastern Europe with her partner, and had been renting the house.

Locals told the Irish Daily Mail yesterday that the couple had kept to themselves. The Mail understands that gardaí had been called to the house last week.

A man in his 30s, who is believed to be known to the victim, was arrested at another location and was last night being held in Ashbourne Garda Station.

The assault sent waves of ‘shock and horror’ throughout the community, with Fine Gael councillor Eugene Cassidy saying residents were in disbelief.

‘It is a tragedy. Everybody is shocked that it’s happened in the area. Rathmore would be very quiet. It’s just a rural area,’ he told the Mail.

One resident said: ‘When I woke up this morning and saw the news on social media, I was shocked, to be honest with you. This is a really good community. You don’t expect to hear that kind of news when you wake up in the morning.’

Another told RTÉ News: ‘Talking to members of the community, they’re quite concerned about it… the general consensus in the town is just shock and horror.’

rural community in 'shock and horror' after woman stabbed to death

The 27-year-old victim was discovered in her home outside Athboy, Co. Meath, with reported stab wounds, and was later pronounced dead.

A Garda spokeswoman said: ‘Gardaí at Kells are investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the fatal assault of a woman in her 20s in Athboy, Co. Meath, Friday, August 12.

‘Gardaí responded to a call of an unresponsive woman in a house in the Rathmore area of Athboy in the early hours of this morning.

‘National Ambulance Service personnel also attended the scene and the woman was declared deceased at the scene. Her body remains at the scene, which is currently preserved for forensic and technical examination.’

The spokeswoman added that the Office of the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau were notified and a post-mortem will be arranged.

‘A man aged in his 30s was later arrested at a different location and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, in Ashbourne Garda Station,’ she continued.

‘A senior investigating officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established at Kells Garda Station. .’

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