Calgary Herald

January 22, 2003

Wife charged in man's stabbing

Victim needed heart surgery

EMMA POOLE
Calgary Herald

A young Calgary mother is facing an attempted murder charge after her husband was stabbed through the heart late Saturday.

Police allege Robert O'Halloran, 50, was knifed after an argument at the kitchen table.

Alcohol is believed to have contributed to the domestic altercation in the 100 block of Applefield Close S.E.

O'Halloran, underwent emergency heart surgery at Foothills Hospital. He had been stabbed once in the side with a steak knife that penetrated his heart and lungs, said Calgary police Det. Len Howland.

While clutching his chest and the knife used to stab him, O'Halloran was able to climb from his basement suite to the apartment upstairs where he asked for help.

"He's lucky to be alive," said Howland.

Tanya O'Halloran, 27, has been charged with attempted murder. The couple?s two-year-old daughter was in the home at the time of the stabbing.

She has been placed in the temporary custody of her maternal grandparents.

O'Halloran remains in hospital in critical, but stable condition. Howland said he, too, may be charged in connection with a domestic assault earlier in the day against his wife.

poolee@theherald.southam.ca

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