Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man jailed for Portsmouth high street murder attempt

Dler Fariq Mohammed Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption On the day of the attack, Dler Fariq Mohammed shouted: "You have ruined my life", before plunging the blade into his victim's back

A man who tried to murder his brother's partner by stabbing her in the back with a kitchen knife in a busy street has been jailed for 19 years.

Dler Fariq Mohammed attacked Diana Pranskuniene, 35, in London Road, North End, Portsmouth, on 9 July.

Mohammed, 43, of no fixed address, hid the knife in a nearby loading bay earlier that day, a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

Three men gave chase and cornered him in a doorway.

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Image caption Diana Pranskuniene was stabbed in the back in London Road in Portsmouth

The court heard the offender, who was found guilty of attempted murder on Friday, had been unhappy about being denied access to his five children, who were being cared for by his brother and Ms Pranskuniene.

On the day of the attack, he shouted: "You have ruined my life", before plunging the blade into his victim's back and running off, the court heard.

Police said a nurse may have saved Ms Pranskuniene's life by leaving the knife embedded in her back, preventing internal bleeding, and she was discharged from hospital 24-hours after being admitted.

Mohammed was given a four-year extension on licence.

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