Violent offender gets 11 years for stabbing mum in face as she pushed her pram

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

A mentally ill violent offender has been handed a life sentence, with a minimum hybrid and hospital term of 11 years after he attempted to murder a woman as she pushed her child in London.

Mark Brazant, 44, had plead guilty to the attempted murder of Josephine Conlon, 36, who had been pushing her baby in a pram when Brazant stabbed her in the face and neck seven times.

The mum was left dripping with blood and shouted "I've been stabbed" to a passerby as she tried to take care of her child on the afternoon of December 30 2019.

In a victim impact statement read at Brazant's Old Bailey sentencing, Mrs Conlon said her "life is on hold" despite working "really hard to rehabilitate" herself.

She told the court: "I struggle with large crowds and I am unable to leave my house after dark.

"I am a very positive and social person and I love being busy. Before the attack I used to pack my weekends and evenings full.

"There have been periods where I have been very low… and it took me six months before I could go back to work.

"The physical wounds have been very hard to come to terms with. Having said that, I have been lucky – all I have is a few scars.

"I also feel I failed my daughter for walking her into such a dangerous situation and witnessing the attack on me. It could have been so different."

  • Photos of woman's dead body in bath 'worse than horror movie' shown during trial

Brazant had gone awol upon being freed from jail on Christmas Eve and initially denied meaning to seriously injure Mrs Conlon at his trial.

The jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict despite more than 40 hours of deliberations, but Brazant changed his plea to guilty in August.

In the days following the attack, Mrs Conlon had been provided security by her employer outside her home while Brazant was still at large.

She told the court she felt Brazant's words of remorse were "hollow and meaningless" and said some family and friends found out about the incident through media coverage.

  • Crime

Source: Read Full Article