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Man jailed after "horrific attack" on mother and baby

Kamil Kopec, 28, was sentenced to 21 years in prison Credit: West Mercia Police

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the attempted murder of a mother and her baby, and possession of a knife.

Kamil Kopec from Hereford, pleaded guilty on the last day of his four-day trial and was convicted and sentenced yesterday (Thursday 23rd January) at Worcester Crown Court.

At around 3am on Wednesday 24 July 2019, police received reports of a mother and her nine-month-old baby who both had stab wounds.

The mother had multiple wounds including a cut to her neck, and her baby had a cut on their head. They were both stabilised by paramedics and then taken to hospital for treatment.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Peters praised the mother's "great resilience and bravery" as she escaped through a window and gained help from her neighbours, as Kopec had locked the victims inside their house.

After a search by police which included house to house enquires and a fire service drone flown to help find Kopec and his dog, they were both found in a nearby bush, where a knife was also recovered.

"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 someway to helping them put this horrific ordeal behind them.”

“Kopec has today pled guilty of this horrific crime and now faces justice.”

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Peters