Norwich stabbing victim hopes to rebuild her life after ex-boyfriend admits attack

A woman horrifically injured in a frenzied knife attack at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in which she and two children were left for dead, said she was hoping to rebuild her life after her attacker pleaded guilty to attempted murder yesterday.

Victoria Meek said she felt lucky to be alive after the stabbings on April 12 in which she and the youngsters, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were stabbed repeatedly by Isaac Williams.

All three victims were left fighting for their lives following the attacks by the kitchen porter, who fled the scene in the Lakenham area of the city and was arrested three days later in Great Yarmouth.

Police investigating the incident said such was the brute force used by the 28-year-old that three knives were broken. And they praised the 23-year-old victim for the way in which she has recovered from the ordeal.

Miss Meek, said: 'We are so very lucky to be here. It's been hard, but they have recovered very well and bounced back to their normal selves. I must be a strong person because I've recovered pretty quickly, I do sometimes have flashbacks, and I still need physiotherapy on my arm, but I just try to block it out.'

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She said Williams, who she first met five years ago, had become violent after learning that she was in a new relationship.

'We had split up, but he was trying to get back together with me,' she said. 'I could see the anger in his face and I walked out of the room, but he said everything was fine.

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'I asked him if he could go to the shop to get some milk. He was gone for about half an hour and I was wondering why it was taking so long. Then he pushed one of the children out of the way and came through to the kitchen and punched me to the floor and stabbed me. After the third time I couldn't remember anything else.

'I honestly thought I was dead.'

In fact Miss Meek was stabbed more than 10 times before Williams set upon the two children, but despite suffering multiple serious injuries one of the youngsters managed to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. All three were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where Miss Meek and one of the young children underwent life-saving operations. A second child was also treated for multiple knife injuries.

Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investiga-tion Team, said Miss Meek and the two children had shown 'great courage' in coming to terms with the ordeal.

'This was a horrendous and extremely violent attack involving an innocent woman and two young children who will be forced to live with the trauma for the rest of their lives, scarred physically and emotionally,' he said. 'It has been incredible to see the resilience shown by the children and we wish them well in their continued recovery.

Williams, formerly of College Road, Norwich, who was dressed in a blue sweat shirt, held his head in his hands for much of the short court hearing, spoke only to confirm his name and enter a guilty plea to three charges of attempted murder, sobbing in the dock afterwards.

He will be remanded until September 23, when he will be sentenced.

Judge Peter Jacobs, who adjourned the hearing to allow a pre-sentence report to be carried out, said the defendant had done the right thing in admitting the 'very, very grave matters'.

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