Bransholme woman stabbed by neighbour thought she was going to die (video)
A WOMAN who was stabbed in the stomach by her friend has revealed she thought she was going to die.
Niki Batty, 37, of Fulmar Close, Bransholme, was stabbed four times in the stomach and arms by Marie Lyon.
SHOCKED: Niki Batty, of Bransholme, was stabbed by her neighbour Marie Lyon. Picture: Simon Renilson
Lyon, 34, of Rufforth Garth, Bransholme, had taken a cocktail of tablets and drunk a bottle of Southern Comfort, before arming herself with a knife and making her way to Miss Batty's home last July.
The pair knew each other from school and their children had grown up together.
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However, more recently they had fallen out due to a neighbourhood row involving Miss Batty's partner's parents and Lyon.
Speaking exclusively to the Mail, Miss Batty said; "I heard crying at the gate. I went outside and I knew it was Marie.
"She was saying 'I'm so sorry for what I've put you through. We've been friends for years', and she asked for a cigarette.
"I walked off and she came running from behind me, pulled me round by my left shoulder and slashed me across my face.
"I didn't realise what was going on and it was only as I saw the knife coming out from under my arm that I screamed 'she's stabbing me'.
"She definitely would have killed me. I thought she was going to. It was when I saw the knife coming out of my arm I thought 'My God, she means it'.
"She was saying all the time 'I'm going to kill you'.
"There was blood everywhere."
Lyon was originally charged with attempted murder and due to go to trial, but has now pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to S18 wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
She has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Miss Batty has been left with permanent scars on her stomach and arms and says the attack has traumatised her and her two daughters and partner, who witnessed it.
Lyon is the sister of Geoff Lyon, who was murdered in a brutal attack in Hull city centre in 2003.
The court heard she has previous convictions for threatening behaviour, possession of a prohibited weapon and making threats to kill.
Sentencing Lyon, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said:
"This was a serious attack upon a defenceless woman. Mercifully, none of the injuries were serious.
"When an argument erupted you were straight to resort to using the knife, there was no holding back. This was not a single blow with a knife, but a repeated stabbing."
Detective Constable Rich Mills, who investigated the case, said: "This was a sustained attack, which was stopped by the victim's partner. It could have ended a lot worse."