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1 May 2012, 17:15 | Updated: 4 May 2012, 11:11
A 16-year-boy has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of his foster mother in Beachampton, Buckinghamshire.
The 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons was found guilty on Friday (27/4).
The victim, a 58-year-old woman was asleep in her living room at around 2am on 26 October 2011, when she woke to find someone kneeling over her, with a knife in his hand. She instinctively put her hands up and grabbed the blade to stop the offender from stabbing her in the throat.
They struggled over the blade, during which time the victim suffered severe injuries to her hands and was bleeding profusely. The victim managed to get upright and screamed and the boy fled the scene.
Det Con Phil Ince said: “I was the investigating officer in this horrendous attack on a defenceless woman in her own home. She fought for her life that evening and she bears the scars, both mental and physical, which bear testament to the fact this was a concerted effort to take her life. The offender is a violent and dangerous individual and I am delighted that Judge Lord Parmoor recognised that fact by handing down a 14 year prison sentence.
“The victim is delighted with the result and is very keen to move on with her life and continue in fostering children which she describes as ‘her life’.
“The victim would like to thank the witnesses, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for all their hard work. We also need to thank the two security officers for arresting the perpetrator after he escaped.”