Sheffield knife victim says attack ‘ruined my life’

Michael Mallinder ruined his victim's life
Michael Mallinder ruined his victim's life
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The paralysed victim of a horrific knife attack which nearly killed him has said the ordeal has ‘ruined his life.’

Darren Raistrick, aged 47, said life will ‘never be the same again’ after the attack left him paralysed from the neck down.


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The court heard how jealous Mallinder repeatedly stabbed Mr Raistrick ‘multiple times’, despite his ex-partner and two young children ‘begging him’ to stop.

Police disarmed and apprehended Mallinder, and then had to remove the blade from Darren’s neck.

Officers then travelled to hospital with the victim, where he was given emergency surgery and placed in a medically-induced coma.

In a statement read out in court, Mr Raistrick said: “This attack has ruined my life.

“I can’t do anything for myself any more and find it extremely degrading that I can’t even go to the toilet by myself.

“My kids struggle to see me as they are too upset to see me like this.

“I now won’t be able to walk down the aisle with my daughter to give her away.

“Mallinder will serve a prison sentence and then come out and live the rest of his life. I can’t do that, I would rather go to prison.

“I feel that no prison sentence will make up for what he has done.

“I’ve been told I will never work again and have lost a lifetime of earnings.”


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