AN off-duty nurse asked one of the London Bridge attackers what was wrong with him before he stabbed her in the neck, an inquest the Old Bailey has heard today.
Helen Kennett told the Old Bailey she was trying to help Alexandre Pigeard, a pedestrian who was fatally wounded, when she was confronted by his “evil-eyed” attacker.
When she spoke to him, he replied, “no, what’s wrong with you?” before brutally plunging the knife into her neck and leaving her to die.
“I was convinced I was going to die but I didn’t want to die there,” Ms Kennett told the court. “I wanted to die round the corner with my family.”
The off-duty Nurse had been drinking prosecco to celebrate her birthday with her mother and sister in the courtyard of Boro Bistro, at the southern end of London Bridge when, jst minutes later, she spotted the attackers’ van plough into the railings above where they were sitting.
After noticing that their waiter, Mr Pigeard, was bleeding, she told the court that she then saw the man holding a knife behind Mr Pigeard, describing him as having an “empty”, “soulless” and “evil” look in his eyes.
“Before I could process what I was seeing was happening… he stabbed me in the neck to the left side,” she said.
Although the nurse thankfully escaped with her family, she did not get to an ambulance for two hours, the inquest heard.
Sadly, Mr Pigeard, 26, died of his injuries.
Another witness told the court that she too had seen Mr Pigeard being attacked as she celebrated a friend’s birthday.
Andzelika Abokaityte said in a statement read to the court that she watched as the “evil and smiling” attacker grabbed hold of Mr Pigeard before stabbing him from behind.
“As he was stabbed, the attacker was looking around as if to find the next person to stab.”
“I remember thinking: ‘I’m going to die'”, the court heard.
Eight people, including Mr Pigeard, were killed by three jumped-up Jihadis who drove a rented van into pedestrians on London Bridge, abandoning their vehicle containing explosives before stabbing people in and around Borough Market.
The much-delayed inquest into the attack and how it was dealt with on the day continues. More to follow.