Man jailed nine years for attempted murder of his partner

Patrick O'Rourke stabbed Donna Foster at their home in Cork

Man jailed nine years for attempted murder of his partner

Donna Foster speaking outside court | Image via @FrankGreaney on Twitter

A 63-year-old man who tried to kill his partner after she told him she was in love with somebody else has been jailed for nine years.

Patrick O'Rourke tried to stab Donna Foster to death at their home in Ballyvoloon in Cobh, Co Cork on the morning of August 11th last year.

O'Rourke and Ms Foster had been together for over 14 years.

He left his wife and children to be with her, but she told him she had met somebody else in the weeks leading up to the attack.

During an argument in their kitchen that morning, she told him she did not love him anymore and that she was in love with this other person.

O'Rourke would later tell gardaí that a rage came upon him and he grabbed a sharp fish boning knife from a cupboard under the sink.

The court heard she was stabbed a number of times - the most serious injuries were to her throat and chest.

In arriving at a nine year sentence, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said Ms Foster was entitled to bring the relationship to an end - and the idea of an adverse reaction should have been beyond her comprehension.

O'Rourke was also jailed for three and a half years for assault causing harm to a minor at their home in Cobh on the same date.

Speaking outside court, Ms Foster said she "truly and honestly" believed she was going to die, and is still physically and emotionally scarred by what happened.