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Caledonian Road stabbing victim: less chance of non-fatal attack arrest

Mother who was knifed in leg after she attended a party at a pub almost bled to death - police investigation has been closed

22 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Jemma Walker’s scarred leg

A MOTHER who was stabbed in Caledonian Road and almost bled to death feels there would have been more chance of her attacker being caught if she had died.

Her case comes with Met Police figures showing that more than 80 per cent of grievous bodily harm (GBH) attacks in Islington in the past 12 months have not been solved.

Jemma Walker was stabbed in the back of her leg, hitting the femoral artery and severing a vein, after she attended a party at a pub in Caledonian Road in May 2015.

She said: “I was told by the ambulance and doctors that I could have died. There was a trauma doctor at the Royal London who saved my life.

“Police told me they would do their best to find the attacker, but since it wasn’t fatal then the specialist police forces wouldn’t be joining them.

“Well, maybe if they joined together and caught this boy then there wouldn’t be another stabbing like mine, because the next person might not survive and this boy probably thinks he can get away with it now.”

In the past three years the number of GBH attacks in Islington has gone up year-on-year while convictions have fallen each year.

In the 12 months from March 2016 to March 2017 there were 847 GBH and wounding attacks reported to police, of which 29 per cent were solved.

In the past 12 months there were 887 attacks, with 19 per cent of them solved.

Of the 21 murders in the borough since Ms Walker’s attack, 17 have been solved.

Ms Walker, who comes from Luton, vows that she will never return to the capital.

“I have no idea why I was stabbed,” she said. “Police said they thought my attack was gang-related. I might have been picked out as a target for someone’s initiation.

“I don’t remember what happened. One moment I was outside having a cigarette and the next I was on the floor in the pub with all these faces looking down at me telling me to hold on.

“I thought I was already dead. I kept asking for my mum and my daughter.”

Ms Walker was taken to hospital, where medics sliced open both sides of her leg to relieve pressure and then used a vein in her right inner groin to patch up the severed vein.

The mother-of-one, who was 25 at the time of the attack, said: “That was a scary thing to go through.

“I had nightmares for months after and I am still paranoid when I am outside. I’m always aware of what is going on behind me.”

The investigation into Ms Walker’s stabbing has been closed. No arrests have been made.

A police spokesman said they would reopen the case should further evidence come to light.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 10908/16MAR2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The spokesman added: “Any allegation of crime that is made to us is investigated thoroughly.

“Victims of the crime are the main focus of these investigations.

“We pursue every avenue we can to ensure victims receive justice.”

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