Portsmouth attempted murder victim tells of horror attack

Sarah Mullings, 37, of Copnor, who was attacked by Karen Hanley. Hanley has admitted attempted murder
Sarah Mullings, 37, of Copnor, who was attacked by Karen Hanley. Hanley has admitted attempted murder
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  • Woman tells how she blacked as friend launched murder bid
  • Karen Hanley, 37, of Eastern Road, pleaded guilty to charge
  • Judge remanded Hanley in hospital for reports ahead of sentencing
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BATTERED and bruised Sarah Mullings is glad to be alive after a friend launched an attack in a bid to murder her.

Sarah, 37, has spoken about the horror attack after Karen Hanley, 37, pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The injuries sustained by Sarah Mullings

The injuries sustained by Sarah Mullings

Hanley, 37, of Eastern Road, hit her victim numerous times, which Sarah said she later learned after the attack.

‘She said “do you want to see my metal?” and the next thing I was unconscious,’ Sarah told The News.

‘I remember coming round and she was bashing me on the floor with whatever it was.

‘The next thing I remember was being in hospital.’

More of Sarah Mullings' injuries after the attack

More of Sarah Mullings' injuries after the attack

Sarah suffered a broken nose and wrist and her body was covered blood when she was found.

She has agreed for photos of her injuries to be printed in The News following the court hearing.

At the brief hearing on Wednesday Judge Sarah Munro QC imposed a section 36 order under the Mental Health Act 1983, remanding Hanley to hospital.

Medical reports are due to be completed before a further hearing next month ahead of a sentencing hearing.

Dressed in a multi-coloured striped cardigan and grey top with her black hair pulled back in a tight bun in court, Hanley spoke only to enter her plea.

After the hearing, victim Sarah told of the attack and her anxiety at seeing her former friend in court.

Speaking about the incident, Sarah, of Copnor, said: ‘We were just sitting there drinking and everything was fine.

‘I went to the toilet and came back in and sat down.

‘Then she’s said, “do you want to see my metal?” and that’s all I remember.’

Sarah said she briefly regained consciousness during the attack.

‘I was in a ball on the floor with my hands on my head,’ she added.

‘She’d already bashed me too badly to do anything about it.

Hanley is reported to have later gone to a neighbour to say she thought she had killed Sarah.

‘It took me six to seven weeks to recover – I couldn’t do anything,’ added Sarah.

‘I’ve still got things wrong with me and I’ve got an operation to have. I’m relieved she said guilty.

‘I thought she was my friend. She shows no remorse – she had a smirk on.’

The pair met six weeks before the incident at Hanley’s home in Eastern Road between January 1 and 4.