Hammer attack victim speaks out as Kirkby woman is jailed

Jailed: Helen Dexter
Jailed: Helen Dexter

A woman who was attacked with a lump hammer by her partner’s ex-girlfriend has revealed how she feared she would die as the blows rained down on her.

Rebecca Easom suffered deep cuts to her head and face after the terrifying attack in Kirkby last summer.

She relived her ordeal this week just days after Kirkby woman Helen Dexter (45) was jailed for three-and-a-half years for the savage attack.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” said Rebecca. “She hit me around the back of the head and also in the face. I was on the floor looking up at her covered in blood and just remember thinking ‘she is going to kill me’.”

The 32-year-old, from Mansfield, managed to get away and drove straight to the police station.

She was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre and had to have three stitches in her head and five stitches in her face.

She said: “There was just blood everywhere.

“The hit to the head caused it to go down to the skull and I just had a big hole in my head. It was so painful.”

Dexter, of Abbey Road, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court and was convicted of wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

She also received a restraining order for five years.

But despite the prison sentence, Miss Easom says the attack has left her suffering from post traumatic stress .

“Even though she is in prison it doesn’t change what happened,” she told Chad.

“The wounds may have healed but the scars just remind me of what she did that day. It has had a massive impact on my life, I don’t feel comfortable going out on my own because I am anxious and nervous if I hear people walking behind me.

“I feel I have to constantly watch my back.”