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THE VICTIM of a brutal Halloween ordeal, who is still recovering from her injuries after being attacked with a meat cleaver, has spoken about the terrifying experience.


Luke Mackrory, weating a mask, brutally attacked Nicola Murnane with the weapon in front of horrified neighbours.

Describing the attack, Nicki said: "Suddenly, I saw something in the corner of my eye.

"I looked and saw him and I thought 'Oh s**t he's got a meat clever in his hand.’

"He was wearing a Halloween mask

"It was big and black, all you can see is his eyes.

"He shouted ‘I’m going to cut your f*****g head off’ and ‘I’m going to f*****g kill you.’

"He swung at me and he caught me on my leg, back, neck and arm.

"Amazingly they did not puncture the skin.

"But then he grabbed a hold of my hair and he hacked at my head."

She continued: "It went right through to my skull.

"It was like a big slice of beef hanging off.

"I was holding my head, someone else came and lifted the flap up at the back.

"I believe if he had not been stopped he would have carried on.

"I don’t remember walking down the road. It was a blur. The survival adrenaline kicked in so much.

"The next thing I know I’m sat in my kitchen. My neighbours wrapped some tea towels around it.

"My son Antony went banding down the road looking for him.

"But he just disappeared."

Nicki was rushed to Wexham Park Hospital, in Slough.

"Within three hours I was put in a room with armed response because Luke sent Victoria a message saying he was going to go to the hospital and finish the job," she added.

"The police arrested him the next day."

Since the brutal attack, Nicki has been diagnosed with PTSD, which she is still getting treatment for.

"By the grace of God no damage was done to my brain," she said.

"The PTSD is going to be there for a while.

"I'm left in discomfort, it's a constant reminder."

Victoria said: "I was there when it happened.

"I can’t believe he actually did it.

"I didn’t think he was capable of it, put it that way.

"I was completely shocked. It’s not normal behaviour to do something so brutal."

The jury found Mackrory, of Aldermaston not guilty of attempted murder at the trial last month.

He was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday, June 21.

Of her previous closeness with Luke, Nicki added: "Luke and I got on fine to be fair and were quite close.

"He moved in with us. He decorated my hallway, he put the shed up, he cut the grass, he cooked.

"He was as good as gold."

Even though he and Victoria were not married she added: "I viewed him as my son-in-law.

"That Luke and this Luke are two different entities," she added.

"Not in a million years was I concerned about him being violent before.

"It’s so sad it's turned out like this.

"He picked Halloween to attack me on purpose.

"He was the devil incarnate."