Knife horror Neighbours say tragic stab victim Jennie Poole was ‘a brilliant mum who was killed by an animal’
Man held after fleeing scene by leaping from balcony
April 18 2021 02:30 AM
NEIGHBOURS of a young mum stabbed to death in front of her four-year-old son yesterday described her as: “A brilliant mum whose life was taken by an animal.”
Gardaí discovered mum-of-two and healthcare worker Jennie Poole (25) lying in blood, having sustained a single stab wound to the neck inside her first-floor apartment on Melville Drive, in Finglas, north-west Dublin at 2pm yesterday.
Officers had been called by neighbours who’d heard screaming coming from the apartment and then saw a man jump from her balcony and flee.
The young mum suffered massive blood loss as a result of the wound to her neck.
Paramedics treated her at the scene and she was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but was pronounced dead there a short time later.
Neighbours said her four-year-old son was in the apartment at the time and had witnessed the horror attack on his mum.
Jennie’s seven-year-old daughter is understood to have been at her grandmother’s when the attack occurred.
A man in his 20s, who was well known to Jennie, was arrested in Ballymun a short time after gardaí received the 999 call. He was being quizzed last night in connection with her horrific killing.
“This all happened at 2pm,” a neighbour, who lives opposite the apartment where Jennie was killed, told the Sunday World.
“It was horrendous. When I saw them bring her little boy out after her, I had tears in my eyes myself. For the little boy to have seen that – it’s just not right!
“They brought her out in a stretcher.
“I live in a house there and I was closing my windows and that’s when I saw a load of police arrive. I ran into my daughter’s front bedroom and I saw the police and the fire brigade and the ambulances, there were loads of them.
“In the space of two minutes it was hopping.
“He (the killer) had jumped the balcony and was gone by the time gardaí arrived.
“But we heard they got someone in Ballymun later.
“They took her out in the stretcher and her hands were up, like she’d been trying to protect herself.
“She was covered up but they had a circle thing over her and you could see her hands were still up.
“It would break your heart because there were other kids outside watching as well and they were sobbing. I heard one of them saying: ‘That’s a dead body.’
“And then about 45 minutes afterwards, they brought the little boy down, only about three or four he is, and he was in there when it happened.”
Describing Jennie, another neighbour said: “She was just a lovely, young, good mother whose life has been taken away by an animal.
“You’d often see her out doing the school run and taking her kids down to the playground. Jennie was living here two or three years.
“Her little boy is not in primary school yet, he’s about three or four, and her daughter is in primary school … she’s seven or eight.
“I’m still in shock over it.
“It’s terrible sad and she’s going to be terribly missed.
“And her little kids now left to live without a mother and to have to witness something like that. God love them.
“Those two little kids played with all the kids round here.”
Asked when they had last seen the young mum, two neighbours said they had seen her just last week walking back after dropping her daughter to school.
“She was walking with the two kids and you could see the three of them chatting away like mad. It’s just so shocking.”
The man arrested in connection with Jennie’s murder was well known to her. He was last night being questioned at Finglas Garda Station. He can be questioned for up to 24 hours.
The scene of the murder has been preserved and specialists from the Garda Technical Bureau and Forensic Science Ireland are carrying out a forensic examination.
A Garda statement said of the killing: “Emergency services attended the scene and the female was taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where she was pronounced dead.
“The scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is to be carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.
“One male, aged in his 20s, has been arrested and was taken to Finglas Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
“Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.
“Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Melville Drive area of Finglas, Dublin 11 this afternoon between 1.30pm and 2.30pm to come forward.
“Anyone with any information in relation to this matter should contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”