Female psychiatric patient killed and several injured in stabbing spree at hospital in Ireland

A male patient was arrested after incident at St Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford

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A patient has been killed at a psychiatric hospital in Ireland after a male patient allegedly went on a rampage with a knife.

The woman in her early 50s, who has not been named, died after the incident at around 7pm at St Otteran’s Hospital in Waterford on Friday.

Another female patient in her 30s was seriously injured, police said, and a staff member’s face was cut.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A suspect was arrested shortly afterwards and taken into custody at a police station in the city.

It is understood the incident started indoors, in the hospital’s rehabilitation unit, the Irish Times reported, but concluded outside in the grounds.

A post-mortem will be carried today at Waterford Regional Hospital and Ireland’s Gardai were interviewing other patients and staff at St Otteran’s.

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) is starting a review of the incident and a spokesperson offered the agency’s “sincere condolences to the family of the deceased”.