Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Strangler Left Me for Dead ... Next Time He May Kill Someone

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Strangler Left Me for Dead ... Next Time He May Kill Someone

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE VICTIM of a violent stalker who is preying on women walking alone in London has told how he strangled and beat her before leaving her for dead.

The 26-year-old woman described how the man leapt on her as she walked in her evening dress from a rugby club charity dinner-dance.

The attacker strangled her until she lost consciousness, indecently assaulted her and beat her head against a concrete floor.

The woman, who we will call Leanne, spoke to the Standard in an attempt to help police catch her attacker. Scotland Yard has called in a team of murder squad detectives and is offering a [pounds sterling]10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Police fear he may kill next time he strikes. The stalker, who lies in wait for his victims, has attacked two other women in Fulham, both in the first week of June, but on each occasion was frightened off when he was disturbed by passers-by.

Leanne's ordeal began in the early hours of Sunday 18 April, shortly after she left the event at Fulham Town Hall where she had spent an evening dancing and chatting with friends. A keen rugby fan, Leanne began walking along North End Road to catch a night bus to her boyfriend's flat.

She said: "All of a sudden there was this guy behind me who straight away had a stranglehold on me with his arm around my neck. He began to drag me sideways into a side street then forced me on to the ground.

"I remember thinking, 'Just please take my handbag and go.' But he continued to be violent.

"It was all so quick, I just could not comprehend what was happening. I started to lose consciousness because of the strangulation."

Leanne, still bruised on her face two months after the attack, went on: "I remember first feeling shock at what was happening to me and then just sheer terror. I started to black out and then come round again and I began to fear for my life. I could not get out of his stranglehold.

"I found myself at the top of some stairs and he was still there and I knew he was about to push me down the stairs. …

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