Following an investigation by Hereford (West Mercia Police) CID, a 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the attempted murder of a mother and her 9-month-old baby.
Kamil Kopec, of Hunderton Avenue, Hereford, was convicted and sentenced today, Thursday 23rd January, at Worcester Crown Court following a trial that last four days.
Kopec only entered a guilty plea on the last day of the trial, meaning that the victim had to endure the ordeal of giving evidence against her attacker.
At approximately 0300 hours on Wednesday 24th July 2019, West Mercia Police received a 999 call alerting them to the fact that a nine-month-old baby and the baby’s mother had received stab wounds.
The baby had a cut to the head, and the baby’s mother had multiple stab wounds including a stab wound and a cut to her neck.
Paramedics quickly arrived on the scene and managed to stabilise both the mother and her baby.
The suspect fled the scene, armed with a knife before the arrival of the emergency services.
Response team officers immediately began to search the area, and a fire service drone was also called in to help with the search efforts.
After a short time, Kopec was found hiding in a nearby bush with the knife and his dog.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Peters, said:
“These were some of the worst injuries I have seen, Kopec committed this horrific attack in the victim’s home, locking them inside.
“The mother showed great resilience and bravery in escaping via a window and gaining help from her neighbours.
“The mother’s bravery, neighbours quick thinking and paramedics’ life- saving work, along with officers on the scene that found and arrested Kopec quickly, should all be commended.
“I hope that this conviction and sentence goes some way to helping them put this horrific ordeal behind them.”
“Kopec has today pled guilty of this horrific crime and now faces justice.”
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