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A man who carried out a "horrendous" knife assault on a woman and two children which left them fighting for their lives, today starts an indeterminate sentence serving a minimum of 10 years for three counts of attempted murder.
Isaac Williams, 28, pleaded guilty on Thursday 28 July to stabbing Victoria (known as Vicky) Meek more than 10 times at an address in Norwich on Tuesday 12 April 2011, before then attacking two children.
Despite suffering multiple serious injuries one of the young children managed to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. Emergency services arrived at the south Norwich address to find 23 year old Miss Meek with multiple stab wounds.
Two children were also found with knife injuries and all three casualties were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Miss Meek and one of the young children underwent life-saving operations. A second child was also treated for multiple knife injuries.
Following the incident officers managed to trace Williams’ Renault Clio to the seafront in Great Yarmouth where he was arrested on 15 April 2011.
Williams had previously been in a relationship with Miss Meek and had become violent after learning she was in a new relationship.
During police interview Williams admitted being in the property but said he had no memory of what had happened.
Speaking after the sentencing Miss Meek said: “He finally did the decent thing and put his hands up to what he had done.
"I am glad that there has been no need to have to go through the pain and horror of a trial and I see this as the final chapter in this part of my life."
Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT), said Miss Meek and the two children had shown “great courage” in coming to terms with the ordeal.
He said: “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.
“It has been incredible to see the resilience shown by the children and we wish them well in their continued recovery.
"I also wish to acknowledge the incredible work done by paramedics and hospital staff in saving the lives of the three victims. Additionally, there was some outstanding work undertaken by officers who attended the scene and who interviewed the children."