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'I relive stab attack every time I close my eyes' DOG WALKER STABBED 11 TIMES IN PARK BY PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC.

Byline: LUKE TRAYNOR Chief Reporter luke.traynor@trinitymirror.com @LUKETRAYNORECHO

A WOMAN described "isolating" herself from society after a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia stabbed and slashed her 11 times in a city park.

Lyn Borland read out her own "Victim Personal Statement" so her attacker, Jamie Cardwell, could hear how she'd suffered over the past 17 months.

The 55-year-old, who nearly died when the mentally-unwell 20-year-old jumped out from bushes at Stadt Moers Park, in Whiston, and attacked her, told Liverpool Crown Court: "I will never forget June 11, 2016, the day when Jamie Cardwell stabbed me and walked away, leaving me for dead.

"I relive that experience every day, whenever I close my eyes.

"I often wonder why Jamie Cardwell chose me to attack, there are lots of people walking their dogs.

"He chose me as I was a woman, on my own, with a dog."

Mrs Borland said she suffered night terrors, and spent periods walking round the house, checking window and door locks.

She added: "We are afraid of being in our own home ... I physically shake if someone knocks on the door."

Mrs Borland said she had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and was "devastated" when she realised "even daily decisions were difficult".

She told the court: "I have a fear of open spaces, my confidence has diminished, and I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety.

"I have isolated myself, I have a massive fear of strangers. "My life has been taken away from me, I've lost my career and I'm not comfortable in my own home.

"I feel I will never be the same person after the attack. I never before thought of myself as a victim. I am the one trying to rebuild my life.

"Jamie Cardwell will receive care and support with taxpayers' money - but what about the victims of knife crime? "I will continue with my daily struggle of my life. On that day, my life as I knew it was taken away from me."

Cardwell had a Hospital Order imposed upon him, meaning he will be kept in a secure mental health unit at the Edenfield Centre, in Greater Manchester, for an indefinite period. Liverpool Crown Court heard how the 20-year-old had started smoking cannabis before he was a teenager, tried to kill himself when 14, and, for the last three years, heard voices in his head, "commanding" him to kill.

Cardwell, who asked Mrs Borland for the time before stabbing her, had developed a drug and alcohol dependence after abusing cocaine, cannabis and some legal highs.

His own dad had been a paranoid schizophrenic, the court heard, and Judge Andrew Menary, QC, suggested Cardwell may have been "genetically pre-disposed" to the condition himself.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how, "in a cruel and bitter irony", Mrs Borland worked helping disadvantaged, dysfunctional children, like Cardwell.

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Stadt Moers Park, in Whiston, where Lyn Borland was stabbed and slashed 11 times by Jamie Cardwell

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