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Littlehampton stab victim's terror at bid for release
A woman stabbed 10 times by her former partner is terrified he may be released today.
In a frenzied attack Sean Benn forced his way into Irene Glen’s Littlehampton home and almost killed her with a kitchen knife.
The 44-year-old was convicted of wounding with intent and sentenced to detention in a secure hospital under the Mental Health Act.
But today, just two years on from the ordeal, a tribunal will consider whether to release him.
Speaking of the terrifying ordeal on BBC Radio Sussex yesterday, Mrs Glen said: “It was totally out of the blue.
“He had just moved house and I used to look in on him all the time. I saw him that day and things were fine. I left him and within 40 minutes he was at my door, pushed past me to my knife block in the kitchen then started to stab me in the hallway. Basically he wanted me dead.”
She was flown to London for several hours of emergency surgery and miraculously survived.
She said: “After two years I cannot believe this is happening and am totally confused by all of this. I’m terrified.
“He’s schizophrenic. Who is monitoring his medication? What is to stop him getting on a train and coming back to Littlehampton?
"How often do we read about people reoffending? I am not prepared to be another statistic. I feel my life would be in danger but I will also be worried for my family and friends.”
Her MP Nick Gibb raised the issue in the House of Commons this week: “Mrs Glen believes that he may attack her again, and is terrified for her life. What can she do to prevent Sean Benn from being released, and what can we do to protect my constituent?”
Justice secretary Chris Grayling promised to look carefully at the case.
He said: “Matters relating to release are handled independently by the different tribunals and assessment services that are there to decide whether it is safe to release a prisoner and I should obviously be concerned to hear of circumstances in which a potentially dangerous prisoner was to be released.
“My department will certainly be able to dis- cuss with my honorary friend whether there are any ways in which we can help either to support his constituent or to influence the process, should that prove necessary.”
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