Man gets 14 years for attempted murder of his ex-partner

Denis Leahy was sentenced today for the attack which the judge described as ‘extraordinarily violent’

A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of his ex-partner in Dublin.

Denis Leahy of Queen Street, Dublin 7, initially denied the charge but changed his plea shortly after his trial opened last month.

51-year-old Rose Kenny was stabbed multiple times at the School Street Flats in Dublin city in September 23rd 2014.

She was on her way to work at a creche when she came upon a man reading a newspaper in a public stairwell near her home.

After she excused herself, he replied “you called the cops on me” and stabbed her repeatedly, before fleeing the scene and dumping the knife.

She did not realise at the time that her attacker was Mr. Leahy, a man she had been in a relationship with 15 years beforehand.

The court heard he decided to take revenge because he thought she had told Gardaí about drugs he had in his house.

She has since recovered from her injuries but has said the stabbing changed her completely and she doesn’t trust the world the way she used to.

Mr. Leahy received 14 years in prison for the attack which the judge described as ‘extraordinarily violent’.