A terrified teenager was saved by a
Westlife programme she used to shield herself when a brutal robber stabbed her
up to six times on her way from a concert.
The 15-year-old was viciously struck
in the chest, abdomen and wrist with a 9inch kitchen knife after she was
followed into an alleyway by heroin user Stephen Williams.
The schoolgirl, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, was attacked late at night in Norwich after she had
been to see Irish boy band Westlife, at the O2 in London on May 12.
She pulled the concert programme
from her bag which helped to cushion the impact of the frenzied assault,
stopping her from being more critically injured or even killed.
Detective Constable Graham Finney
said after the case: ‘The victim’s injuries could have been a lot worse had she
not instinctively protected herself using the concert programme.
‘One shudders to think what would
have happened if that hadn’t been between her and the knife.
‘She was very lucky.’
Westlife, you guys rock!