Kilburn stabbing victim accuses police of failing to act because of her criminal relatives
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 November 2013
A stabbing victim from Kilburn has accused the police of failing to prosecute her attackers because members of her family have a criminal record.
Antoinette Cordina suffered horrendous facial injuries after she was ambushed by two women and a man on her doorstep on November 4.
The 34-year-old was stabbed several times in the face, including her eye, with a pair of sharp tweezers by one of her assailants.
Ms Cordina, who is currently unemployed, told the Times she has been arrested by the police but has no criminal convictions and is being judged by her past mistakes.
She said: “It is shocking and I am angry. I am more angry with the police and how they dealt with it.
“I feel betrayed by the police.”
Recalling her ordeal, she said she was leaving her home to attend a dental appointment when she was attacked.
She was dragged into a car park before she was assaulted , punched, kicked and bitten by the trio.
An ambulance arrived after the incident and she was taken to hospital to receive treatment for facial injuries, including a glued eyelid.
She said: “It was a surreal experience. I felt my vision going; I was completely dazed.”
She said police made two arrests but the suspects were later released with no further action taken despite an independent witness coming forward.
“What do I do? I am going down the correct route? Do I retaliate and end up in jail,” she said. “The police are there to help but they have not helped me.”
A police spokesman told The Times a 27-year-old female and a 15-year-old female were arrested on suspicion of GBH and taken to a north London police station.
He added: “After the suspects were interviewed the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided not to authorise charges.”
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