September 19, 2008

Victim ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’

A YOUNG woman left fighting for her life after being stabbed around 17 times in a random attack in a supermarket was described by her family yesterday as someone who would "never hurt anyone".

Lucy Yates, 20, is "beautiful on the inside and out", her relatives said.

The man accused of stabbing her in front of shoppers at a seaside supermarket in Littlehampton, West Sussex, is a mental patient, it emerged yesterday.

Samuel Reid-Wentworth, 21, was remanded in custody at Worthing Magistrates' Court yesterday morning after being charged with the attempted murder of Miss Yates at the Somerfield store in Anchor Springs, Littlehampton.

Miss Yates's condition appeared to have improved slightly since the attack on Tuesday afternoon.

She was described yesterday afternoon as serious but stable rather than critical and police said she would be moved back from hospital in Southampton to Worthing Hospital.

In a statement released by Sussex Police, Miss Yates's family said: "Everyone who knows Lucy knows what a kind, gentle, caring and sweet girl she is.

"She is beautiful on the inside and out.

"She would never hurt anyone.

She loves life and this is shown in her strength to have survived this brutal attack. We ask that our family are given privacy at this very difficult time."

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