Sheffield stab victim ‘traumatised’ by attack

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A WOMAN stabbed repeatedly by her ex-partner during a drunken attack has told a court she was left traumatised by the ordeal – but said she still loves him.

Mohammed Bilal, aged 27, is standing trial for attempted murder at Sheffield Crown Court after entering Shameen Iqbal’s house on Fulford Place, Darnall, on October 3 last year and stabbing her in the stomach, neck and leg.

The jury were shown footage of a police interview that took place with Miss Iqbal at the Northern General Hospital just two days after she had undergone life-saving surgery.

During the interview, Miss Iqbal, who had taken out a restraining order on Mr Bilal, said: “When he came into the house I asked him to leave but he told me to sit down.

“We had an argument about our daughter and then he tried to take my phone.

“I kicked him in his genitals and in his leg and I slapped him but he didn’t react.”

Miss Iqbal explained how she was in the house with their four-year-old daughter as well as her friend, Nazrath Unis, and her baby son.

“He took out the knife and pointed it so I ran into the kitchen,” she told the court.

“Then he stabbed me in the ribs and then the neck. He told me he had come to end it and then I deserved to die.

“I remember thinking I was going to die.”

Miss Iqbal, who was with Mr Bilal for seven years, said that she still loved him.

“I was traumatised by this and I’ve never had an apology from him. I’m angry and upset but I love him. He was my husband.”

Mohammed Nawaz, defending, said Mr Bilal denies saying Miss Iqbal “deserved to die.”

Mr Bilal, of Bawtry Road, Tinsley, Sheffield, admits wounding with intent, having an offensive weapon, and three counts of breaching a restraining order but denies attempted murder.

The trial continues.