And this July, in Ireland...
A FATHER-of-two killed his girlfriend and left her brother fighting for his life in a frenzied knife attack fuelled by the same "poison" that drove people insane in Paris in the 19th Century.
Kevin Prendergast (31), of Knockeen, Grange, Co Tipperary, was jailed for life by the Central Criminal Court. Mr Justice Paul Carney was told that the defendant’s only regret is that he didn’t kill himself in the seconds after stabbing Joanne Mangan and her brother, Edmond, last year.
Poignantly, Joanne Mangan’s last words were to call out her killer’s name.
The court heard that the frenzied stab injuries were such that they might have been inflicted by “a lunatic”.
Prendergast’s defence counsel, Brendan Nix SC, warned that the tragic case was “a salutary lesson” about the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol-drug cocktails, including the drink Absinthe.
Mr Nix warned that Ireland already has enough problems with binge drinking and drug abuse without the re-emergence of Absinthe which became notorious in France and Europe in the 19th Century for literally driving addicts insane.