A girl who was stabbed in the face and neck while pushing her baby in a pram has recalled the “horrific” attack.
Josephine Conlon, 36, was stabbed seven instances in the face and neck in Streatham, south-west London on December 30 final yr.
She had been returning house after assembly different new moms at a bakery when Mark Brazant, 44, brutally attacked her earlier than working off.
Brazant, 44, had been launched from jail a couple of days earlier on Christmas Eve.
Giving proof at the Old Bailey, Mrs Conlon mentioned she first turned conscious of Brazant when she was “shoved” in the again.
She mentioned: “It felt quite strong and I knew straight away it was not just someone trying to get me out of the way. I knew I was in danger.”
When she was shoved once more, she dropped her cell phone and fell on to a driveway.
The buggy containing her toddler daughter rolled on to the kerb and have become wedged subsequent to a parked car.
Mrs Conlon mentioned: “I keep in mind him being above me. From that unique shove your thoughts goes into overdrive, attempting to work out what’s occurring.
“I keep in mind considering he had pushed me into the driveway as a result of he was going to rape me.
“Then he didn’t, he simply began hitting me.
“I realised I was being stabbed. I was screaming so much as a result of I was not in the highway so I wished anyone to listen to me.
“I was ducking and attempting to get away and attempting to stand up on to my toes.
“I might really feel blood. The adrenaline took away ache however I might really feel issues dripping.”
Mrs Conlon mentioned she remembered desirous about kneeing her assailant in the groin as she pushed him.
She added: “I managed to get up on my feet and that’s when he turned and ran away.”
She screamed for assist and neighbours got here to her help earlier than she was taken to hospital.
She informed jurors that she wanted assist to ring her husband Greg as a result of her arms have been “covered in blood”.
Mrs Conlon was discharged from hospital the subsequent day however continues to have therapy for scars to her face and neck, the courtroom heard.
Prosecutor Louise Oakley informed jurors that Brazant was a “complete stranger” who had adopted his sufferer a brief distance earlier than attacking her with a kitchen knife.
Previously, the defendant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had served a jail sentence for 3 offences of battery and considered one of frequent assault, jurors have been informed.
He was launched from Thameside jail on Christmas Eve, however had been reported lacking after he failed to show up at a supported home for individuals with psychological well being issues.
Jurors have been proven CCTV of Brazant, dressed all in black, travelling on a bus earlier than crossing paths with Mrs Conlon in Streatham.
Although the attack was out of shot, jurors heard Mrs Conlon’s screams and a baby crying, which was captured on audio at the scene.
The mom was heard to shout out: “What do you what? Help. Help me, help me.”
In the early hours of January 2, Brazant walked into Wandsworth police station carrying a knife, and mentioned he had “stabbed a person on the street two days earlier”.
Jurors heard that the defendant accepted that he stabbed Mrs Conlon however denied he meant to kill her or trigger actually critical hurt.
Ms Oakley mentioned it’s the Crown’s case that having paranoid schizophrenia doesn’t present him with a defence to the “horrific crime”.
Brazant, of Windmill Road, Ealing, west London, denies tried homicide.