18/12/2008

Murder Charge Follows Omagh Stabbing

A woman has been charged with the murder of a 37-year-old man in Co Tyrone.

The victim was stabbed in a flat on Hospital Road in the Omagh shortly after 3am on Monday.

The 36-year-old woman is due to appear at Strabane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

A 27-year-old man who was arrested on Monday remains in custody and is assisting police with their enquiries.

The PSNI in Northern Ireland are taking stabbings very seriously and have led a series of anti-knife crime campaigns.

In the last five years around 5,000 knife related incidents have been recorded by the police, averaging out at three attacks every day.
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According to PSNI figures, knives were involved in three murders, three sexual offences, 45 attempted murders, 423 assaults, 206 robberies and 21 burglaries as well as other crimes including theft, criminal damage, fraud and forgery, all within the last year.

Meanwhile, stabbing incidents are also hitting the Irish Republic, with a man being arrested following the death of a woman in Dublin last night.

A 28-year-old woman was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital with serious injuries and died a short time later.

The 43-year-old man is currently detained at Donnybrook Garda Station under the Criminal Justice Act.

See: Woman Arrested After Fatal Omagh Stabbing

See: Man Arrested In Connection With Fatal 'Stabbing'(BMcC)

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