'I only knew him three days and he tried to kill me': victim of Khalid Masood earlier knife attack speaks out

Lexi Finnigan
Khalid Masood - Metropolitan Police

A father of two who was viciously attacked by terrorist Khalid Masood 15 years ago described him as a "dangerous man" and a "crook". 

Danny Smith, 35, had his nose sliced in half by Masood after the pair had a falling out in a pub, near Eastbourne. 

Scaffolder Danny told The Sun: "I only knew him three days and he tried to kill me."

He described how he met Masood - known then as Adrian Elms - in 2003 and at first "got on really well".

"But we had a small falling out," said Danny. "He came back out with the knife and punched me.

"The handle hit my forehead and the knife went straight through my nose, my mouth and my tongue. 

"I fell down and I'm tying to get up but he's trying to stab me in the back four times. I thought the knife was going into my body."

Fortunately Danny was wearing a thick jacket, which he believes saved his life. Also part of the knife blade had snapped off while lodged in his face - giving him time to run away from his attacker. 

"There was so much blood it was like someone had turned a tap on from my face," Danny told The Sun.

Khalid Massood at a local village event pre-2003 Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS

Danny, who was rushed to hospital in Eastbourne, had more than 50 stitches in his face and doctors had to rebuild parts of his nose. 

Masood was arrested by police, charged with attempted murder and appeared at Lewes Crown Court later that year. 

But he was acquitted of attempted murder and given six months for possession of a knife, it is believed. 

Muslim convert Masood killed three people with his hired 4x4 on Wednesday before his assault on Parliament. 

He had a violent streak and between 1983 and 2003, racked up convictions for grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offences. 

Other friends have spoken about how he often carried a knife with him. 

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