“Don’t do it, don’t do it; my little boy’s in the bed.”
A 33 year-old woman was at death’s door after she was subjected to a brutal stabbing by her ex-boyfriend.
However, her brave 6 year-old son dialled 999 and saved his mother’s life after an ambulance was able to get to her in time.
A court heard how the woman was asleep with her bed with her six year-old son when she suddenly realised they were not alone. Jane Sarginson, prosecuting, told the jury that shortly after midnight on 2nd May the shocking incident began:
“The first thing [the victim] was aware of was the defendant, her ex-partner, appearing in her bedroom. She asked him how he got in, and she describes him as having a smirk on his face and saying ‘I broke in.'”
The victim got out of bed and realised that her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Barnett, was armed with two large kitchen knives; she begged him “Don’t do it, don’t do it; my little boy’s in the bed.” Despite her pleading for her life, Barnett stabbed her in the chest; neighbours later told police they could hear the anguished screaming.
Bleeding profusely and losing consciousness, the victim managed to tell her traumatised son to dial 999 and the little boy told the operator “Mommy has been stabbed” and was able to give their location, while Barnett fled the scene.
The ambulance crew found that the victim had so many stab wounds they could not begin to count them; she had injuries all over her body, legs and arms including a perforated lung, severed large and small intestines, a pierced kidney and damaged arteries. The 33 year-old was rushed to University Hospital in Coventry and underwent emergency surgery which resulted in 70% of her intestines being removed; the staff at the hospital said she had been “at death’s door.”
25 year-old Barnett of Ernest Richards Road, Bedworth, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was jailed for 16 years. The judge at Leamington Crown Court, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said: “You showed no mercy. You attacked her with a knife and you caused the most serious wound to her chest. You delivered a number of blows, and five serious injuries were caused.
“Each one would have been sufficient to kill her; and it was your intention to kill her, to kill her with a knife in front of her six-year-old boy. The submission about remorse is substantially diminished when you leave her lying dying in a pool of blood by the side of her bed and your only thought was to escape. It is a miracle she didn’t die; and one of the reasons she did not die is because her little boy, and fancy having to do this at the age of six, dialled for help.’’