Woman stabbed 11 times in random street attack saved by her Primark scarf
2nd March 2019

A woman stabbed 11 times in a random street attack was saved by a £5 Primark scarf wrapped round her neck.

The knife became lodged in layers of the blanket-style accessory as James Thomas attacked Alexandra Vignon, 25.

Only a fraction of the 4in blade pierced the skin on her neck – missing major arteries.

Alexandra said: “It was a last-minute decision to put that scarf on, but a life-saving one.

“I should have died that day. There was blood everywhere.


“Doctors said I was lucky I’d wrapped up.”

Twisted Thomas, 24, had fantasised about knifing someone to death for 10 years.

He bought the blade from TK Maxx and “chose” Alexandra as she worked door-to-door marketing in Southend, Essex. He stabbed her in the cheek, neck, shoulders, arms, back and breast before fleeing as a car stopped.

Medics found the knife “sticking out of my clothes,” Alexandra said.

She had four hours of surgery at Whitechapel Hospital, East London, where the blade was removed.

It had only gone “a few centimetres deep,” she added.

“They said it saved my life. My backpack and coat had also offered protection.”

Thomas – who turned himself in – last month got 16 years jail at Basildon Crown Court for attempted murder and possessing a blade.

Alexandra is still on pain relief and numb on the right side of her face and neck due to nerve damage, but has returned to work.

She aims to train as a bikini fitness competitor, showing her scars with pride.

She added: “I refuse to hide them. James Thomas ruined his life, not mine. I have big plans.”

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