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‘Courageous’ Notts woman flags down van driver with stab wounds to her stomach, liver, chest and arm

A delivery driver was asked to take a woman to hospital after she came out of a house screaming that she’d been stabbed.

He was just about to leave after delivering food to a property in Tudor Close, Newark, when the victim came running towards his vehicle in her underwear, got in and screamed ‘please just go.’

She asked him to take her to hospital and called another person asking them to call the police.

A short time later he saw two ambulances waiting at traffic lights in Bowbridge Road and pulled up to them. The woman got out of his car and paramedics quickly came to her aid and took her to hospital.

She needed emergency surgery having suffered stab wounds to her liver, stomach, chest and arm.

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She was attacked by her partner’s brother – 34-year-old Andrius Sidlauskas – on the morning of 7 July 2021.

She had just taken the food she had ordered into the living room before going into the kitchen.

As she opened the fridge door Sidlauskas began to stab her before she managed to run out of the front door.

Sidlauskas, of Tudor Close, was arrested in connection with the incident and went on to plead guilty to wounding with intent.

He was jailed for four years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (11 March 2022).

Detective Inspector Craig Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The victim’s injuries in this case were very serious as a result of this vicious attack by Sidlauskas.

“I would like to commend the delivery driver for their fast actions in protecting the victim and alerting the police.

“Our response team and detectives did a fantastic job in this case and were able to quickly arrest and charge Sidlauskas.

“The victim has shown tremendous courage by supporting this prosecution while she recovers from significant physical and emotional injuries.

“Sidlauskas was a visitor to her home and the attack was completely unprovoked. I hope that this conviction and sentence go some way to aiding her recovery.

“I also hope the outcome of this case gives the public confidence that Nottinghamshire Police will take positive action against those prepared to use bladed weapons and put people’s safety at risk.

“Incidents of knife crime and violence seriously affect our communities and we will always seek to put violent offenders before the courts to face justice.

“Whenever a serious incident like this happens we understand the concern it can cause but I’d like to reassure the public the force is working hard every single day to reduce weapon-enabled crime and to prevent incidents from happening in the first place.”

Nottinghamshire Policetakes a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of violence against women and the force continues to work closely with partners, including Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, to ensure women feel safe.

Tackling and reducing knife crime also remains a top priority for Nottinghamshire Police which works tirelessly alongside partner agencies, including Nottinghamshire’s Violence Reduction Unit, to address the issue through a mixture of prevention, intervention, education, enforcement and engagement work.

The force’s two dedicated knife crime teams are also working day in and day out to combat this issue and its schools and early intervention officers also continue to positively engage with schools and young people across the county to help nip knife crime in the bud by delivering education and interventions, steering them away from crime and encouraging them to make positive life choices.”

In support of its ongoing proactive work the force is urging anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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