A man has been jailed for leaving a prostitute scarred for life in an unprovoked attack after he was dumped by his girlfriend.
Bartosz Konopacki, 26, assaulted the 31-year-old after driving around searching for a woman to attack, according to West Midlands Police.
He approached her and lured her down an alley before knifing her repeatedly in a “savage attack”.
The woman was stabbed four times in the chest, once in the neck and head and left for dead in Hillfields, Coventry, at around 3.15am on 7 May.
The woman could have died from her injuries but was saved from bleeding out after a policeman pushed his fingers into the neck wound.
Konopacki was found guilty of attempted murder last month and on Monday he was jailed for 21 years at Warwick Crown Court.
Graphic photographs of the woman’s injuries show deep slash wounds on her face.
Despite her injuries, she managed to remember some of Konopacki’s car registration number, which led police to arrest him two days later.
‘He was out to kill that night’
The victim told Warwick Crown Court: “It happened so quick, and so slow. He’s stabbing me in my heart and my neck, and there was blood spitting out everywhere.
“He was out to kill that night. He just pulled the knife straight out. I was so scared. I just felt all this blood.”
Remarkably, she managed to run away and banged on doors for help.
She added: “I seen him drive past as I’m struggling for my life on the street. He stopped and was just watching.”
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Michelle Heeley QC, prosecuting, said: “It was only because a police officer struck his fingers into one of the wounds that meant she was able to receive treatment for her injuries.”
Konopacki, a factory worker from Poland, fled the scene but CCTV showed him making off in a light-coloured BMW, which also partially showed the car’s number plate.
This information, combined with the victim's statement, helped identify the car, which was abandoned in a care home car park and spotted two days later by an off-duty police officer.
Attacker traced through his car registration
The car was registered to Konopacki at an address in Wood End where he was later arrested.
Speaking after the case, Detective Sergeant Kelly Mills, from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “This was a savage attack on a woman we understand Konopacki had never met before.
“We suspect he was angry at his relationship break-up, armed himself with a knife and set out looking to seriously harm someone.
“We could easily have been looking at a murder investigation but thankfully the woman received swift medical attention and has made a good recovery.”