(The Daily Mail newspaper) A homeless Iraqi immigrant who stabbed his brother’s girlfriend in a planned attack has been jailed for 19 years.
Diana Pranskuniene, 36, was walking along a high street in Portsmouth when Dier Mohammed, 43, ambushed and attacked her with a kitchen knife.
The blade missed her heart by less than an inch and had to be removed by hospital surgeons after it became embedded up to the hilt
The jury were told that Mohammed was unhappy after being denied access to his five children, who were being cared for by his brother and Ms Pranskuniene.
His defence lawyer told the city’s crown court that Mohammed had ‘suffered the trauma of growing up in Iraq’ before coming to live in Britain.
Re-living her ordeal, Ms Pranskuniene praised Shelley Lewis, who came to her aid as she lay bleeding to death on the pavement following the assault ten months ago.
‘I would not have survived without her.,’ she said. ‘I want to say thank you to everyone who helped that day, especially to that nurse.
‘She was a nurse and knew what she was doing. If it was somebody else who thought you could take out the knife, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here.