Victim told: ‘Lay there and die’

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A TERRIFIED Spalding woman feared her migrant neighbour was going to rip her heart out during an alleged vicious attack at their shared property.

A TERRIFIED Spalding woman feared her migrant neighbour was going to rip her heart out during an alleged vicious attack at their shared property.

Christine Seymour (58) relived the attack, which is said to be unprovoked, at Lincoln Crown Court last week. She accuses Andrzej Chranowski (34) of stabbing her with a pair of surgical scissors at their three-storey property in Green Lane.

An emotional Miss Seymour told the court how she suffered four potentially life threatening wounds, including one perilously close to her heart – but survived after police attended and rushed her to hospital.

The court heard two of Miss Seymour’s housemates had already fled the property they all shared on February 2 this year when Chranowski attacked her with the surgical scissors in an outside passageway.

Giving evidence from behind a screen, an emotional Miss Seymour said: “As I was stood there on the phone Andrzej lunged at me, it went into my left side.

“I noticed he had something in his hand, I wasn’t sure what it was, it looked like a pair of scissors in half because there was an orangey bit at the top.

“I felt a pain and something warm. The next thing I remember I was on the floor, my head was laid up against the wall.

“I felt a huge pressure on my chest, like a knee drop, and put my hands up because I couldn’t breathe. I felt something was ripping across my chest, it felt like somebody’s fingers were going across my chest.

“It just felt like he was trying to rip through to my heart, I just thought he was trying to rip my heart out.”

Miss Seymour, a night shift worker, told the jury Chranowski then picked her up and threw her inside the property after shouting “lay there and die.”

She added: “He was making a lot of puffing noises and breathing really heavy. I tried to crawl to my room because I thought I was safer there.

“When I started to crawl to the door his head shot up, he had a look of horror and amazement on his face.”

Miss Seymour told the jury Chranowski then swore and said “you’re not dead yet,” before lifting her onto her own bed. She said he lifted his arm to attack her but the police burst in.

Miss Seymour was rushed to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital where she had life saving surgery for her injuries which included a main stab wound 8.5cms long and 4.5cms deep.

A consultant described Miss Seymour’s stab wounds, including a collapsed lung and four potentially life threatening cuts – one just a centimetre from her heart – as the worst he had ever seen.

The jury heard Miss Seymour and Chranowski were among four people who had their own rooms in the shared terraced property in Green Lane, Spalding. Chranowski, who is listening to the case through a Polish interpreter, was arrested at the scene but claimed somebody esle was responsible for the attack on Miss Seymour when he was questioned by police.

He denies attempting to murder Miss Seymour and two further charges of wounding and threatening one of her housemates.

The trial continues.