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Knifeman jailed for 12 years for terrifying attack
8:00am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
A WOMAN feared her husband had already been killed by a knifeman who walked into her home and repeatedly stabbed her.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Monday how during the attack the knife broke - leaving her with anxiety at what might have happened had her attacker’s assault not been cut short.
Elvijs Vanags, aged 20, had only moved into his Swindale Avenue home that day after arriving from his native Latvia when he struck.
He soon frightened his new housemates on September 16 when he picked up a kitchen knife and prepared to attack them with it.
After a struggle Vanags walked out of the house with the knife and was spotted by residents nearby making slashing motions as he walked.
He walked up to the door of his victim’s home and let himself in .
Vanags found the woman typing on her laptop and placed the blade next to her neck.
Merion Lewis-Jones, prosecuting, said: “She was typing away when she became aware of something against the right side of her neck.
“She hadn’t heard anyone come inside the house.
“She remained calm, stood up and swung her laptop up in the direction of the person behind her.
“He started stabbing at her. He was saying things but she couldn’t make out what he was saying.
“Then she heard a snapping noise then the knife broke and fell on the floor.”
The victim went to the kitchen to call the police.
Her husband was alerted to his wife’s screams for help and found her covered in blood.
She was left with deep wounds to her chest, side, shoulder and hand and is still undergoing treatment.
But the attack has left her with intense anxiety and she was deeply distressed about having to come to court to give evidence until Vanags pleaded guilty to affray, possession of an offence weapon and wounding with intent on the day of the trial.
The victim’s daughter has since moved back home and her husband had to retire early to care for his wife.
In interview Vanags, who has no previous offences, said he could not remember the incident.
Sarah Griffin, defending, said: “He apologises to both the victim and her family. He is extremely ashamed of what he has done and he’s very sorry for what has inflicted.
“He knows he needs to be punished for this offence.
“The reason he came to this country was to work, he had a job arranged and planned to support his disabled mum who lives in Latvia.”
But sentencing him to 12 years in prison Judge David Hale also recommended him for deportation.
He said: “Your presence in this country is detrimental to society.”
DC Simon Fisher, who investigated the incident, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on the victim in her own home. To be threatened with violence and have your home invaded in this way is a terrifying experience.
"The victim sustained serious injuries and is still receiving ongoing treatment.
"The defendant has been handed a lengthy sentence – I hope that this will help to bring about a degree of closure for the victim and in some way help in her recovery.”