Stab vic­tim tells jury ‘I’m not go­ing to let him kill me’

Ex­clu­sive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Paul Hooper

A Wye ac­coun­tant has told of the mo­ment she feared she was go­ing to die af­ter be­ing stabbed sev­eral times by a bur­glar at her home.

Coura­geous Wendy Web­ster, 73 told a jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court: “I kept think­ing I am not go­ing to let him kill me. I thought I was go­ing to die and I thought ... I am not go­ing to let that hap­pen!”

De­spite her wounds she stag­gered 80 yards from her home in Lit­tle Olantigh Road be­fore flag­ging down a pass­ing car.

Leoni­dis Mouza­ki­tis, of Stan­ley Road, Folke­stone, has ad­mit­ted ag­gra­vated bur­glary, steal­ing a car and wound­ing with in­tent but has de­nied at­tempted mur­der.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Con­nolly told the jury how the 23-yearold had conned his way into the home of the busi­ness­woman last Au­gust be­fore pro­duc­ing a knife and grab­bing her around the neck.

Ms Web­ster tried to talk the knife­man into giv­ing him­self up to po­lice as they sat at a ta­ble at her home where she was re­cov­er­ing from a horse rid­ing ac­ci­dent.

Mouza­ki­tis had been to her home a few weeks ear­lier claim­ing he needed help in start­ing his car – and she thought he may have been a new neigh­bour.

Mr Con­nolly said he ar­rived at her home claim­ing he was col­lect­ing a par­cel which had been left in her gar­den by the postal ser­vice.

Mouza­ki­tis then pro­duced a knife af­ter grab­bing his vic­tim around the neck and as she put an arm up her fin­ger was cut.

“I was as­tounded and ter­ri­fied. He told me: ‘I am sorry, I must have your car. I need your car be­cause I have to get to Bournemouth’.

“All I could do was to try to keep things calm and no ag­gra­va­tion, “she added

Mr Con­nolly said the bur­glar claimed his sis­ter had been ab­ducted by a loan shark and de­manded Ms Web­ster’s keys to her BMW.

She told the jury how she then sat down on a chair in the kitchen ex­pect­ing Mouza­ki­tis to leave.

“He pulled up a chair and sat down next to me and put his ruck­sack and knife in front of me. His man­ner was ner­vous but de­ter­mined.”

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion, the bur­glar told her he was “re­ally evil” and claimed to be a tat­tooist from Ash­ford be­fore pre­tend­ing to call the po­lice to give him­self up.

Ms Web­ster went to the front door to see if the po­lice had ar­rived, mov­ing very slowly be­cause of her horse ac­ci­dent in­juries.

“I was then stabbed in the back, “and she showed the jury the stab­bing ac­tion, be­fore adding: “I was shaken to the core. I was scream­ing and was bent dou­ble be­cause it re­ally hurt,” she added.

She told the jury af­ter re­ceiv­ing more blows she stag­gered 80 yards along the road to Cold­har­bour Lane hop­ing she would be seen by neigh­bours be­fore col- laps­ing on the ground.

She was later taken to hos­pi­tal and treated for her in­juries.

Mouza­ki­tis later fled in the stolen BMW but aban­doned it and was ar­rested.

His bar­ris­ter Oliver Saxby QC told Ms Web­ster: “You were sub­jected to the most hor­ri­fy­ing or­deal and there is noth­ing you have said which I quib­ble with.

“The only is­sue for the jury is what was in this young man’s mind at the time.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

Po­lice at the scene of the bur­glary

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