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Mum stabbed in face while pushing pram ‘feared assailant would rape her’

Mum stabbed in face while pushing pram ‘feared assailant would rape her’
A mother stabbed in the face by a stranger as she pushed her baby in a pram feared he was going to rape her, a court has heard.Josephine Conlon, 36, was on her way home from meeting other new mothers at a bakery in Streatham, southwest London, on December 30 last year when she was…

A mom stabbed in the face by a complete stranger as she pressed her child in a pram feared he was going to rape her, a court has actually heard.

Josephine Conlon, 36, was on her method house from satisfying other brand-new mothers at a pastry shop in Streatham, southwest London, on December 30 last year when she was “pushed” from behind, she informed the Old Bailey.

Mark Brazant, 44, of Ealing, who had actually only been released from prison on Christmas Eve, had been following her before he stabbed her seven times in the face and ran.

Mrs Conlon, who is still getting treatment for her scars, gave evidence at his attempted murder trial, telling jurors she “understood she remained in danger” as soon as she was pressed.

She said: “It felt quite strong and I understood quickly it was not just someone attempting to get me out of the way. I understood I was in danger.

” From that initial shove your mind goes into overdrive, attempting to exercise what’s happening.

” I remember thinking he had pushed me into the driveway due to the fact that he was going to rape me. He didn’t, he simply started hitting me.”

The 36- year-old mom said she understood she had actually been stabbed however could not feel any pain.

She informed the jury: “I understood I was being stabbed. I was screaming a lot since I was not in the road so I wanted somebody to hear me.

” I was ducking and attempting to escape and attempting to get up on to my feet. I could feel blood. The adrenaline took away pain however I might feel things dripping.”

Mrs Conlon considered kneeing her aggressor in the groin, however rather just escaped after scrambling to her feet.

She was on the phone to her mom Roseanne Eskell at the time, who keeps in mind hearing a “blood-curdling scream” prior to the line went quiet.

Mrs Eskell said in a statement read aloud at the hearing: “It was so terrifying as it originated from definitely no place.”

District attorney Louise Oakley informed jurors that Brazant was a “total stranger” who assaulted his victim with a cooking area knife.

He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and had served a jail sentence for three offenses of battery and among common assault, jurors were told.

He was launched from Thameside jail on 24 December, however had actually been reported missing after he stopped working to show up at a supported home for people with psychological health issue.

Jurors were shown CCTV of Brazant, dressed all in black, travelling on a bus before crossing paths with Mrs Conlon in Streatham.

Although the attack was out of shot, jurors heard Mrs Conlon’s screams and a child sobbing, which was caught on audio.

She was heard screaming: “What do you what? Help. Help me, help me.”

In the early hours of 2 January, Brazant strolled into Wandsworth police headquarters bring a knife and stated he had actually “stabbed a person on the street 2 days earlier”.

He accepts he stabbed Mrs Conlon but rejects he planned to eliminate her, pleading innocent to attempted murder.

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