Man attempted to murder his former partner in Sidcup by stabbing her in the eyes with a pair of scissors
PUBLISHED: 16:23 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 14 July 2015
20 years for deaf man who left his former partner with 'devastating and life-changing injuries'
A MAN who attempted to murder his former partner in Sidcup by stabbing her in the eyes with a pair of scissors has been jailed for 20 years today.
Connor Fox caused his victim to have a major stroke when he stabbed her 12 times in the neck and face, targeting her eyes in an attempt to make her go blind.
The stroke left the left side of her body paralysed, severely impairing her ability to communicate as she is deaf and can no longer sign with both hands.
Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said Fox clearly intended to kill the woman in the attack on April 24 last year.
“This was a vicious and sustained attack which has caused devastating and life-changing injuries to the victim,” he said.
“Fox went to her home shortly before midnight, and hid in the darkness of the garden before he entered through the back door and began a frenzied and murderous attack.”
Fox, who is also deaf, admitted attempted murder on the first day of his trial at Inner London Crown Court.
He was given an extended licence period of five years on top of his jail sentence, and made subject to a hospital and restriction order under the Mental Health Act.
His victim gave evidence through an intermediary and a team of sign language interpreters.
“I would like to praise her courage in attending court ready to give evidence even though she was spared having to do so by the defendant’s guilty plea,” Mr Ubhey added. “We thank her for supporting the prosecution.”