A mum who was stabbed in the back three times as she pushed her child in a pram has been pictured for the first time.
Josephine Conlon screamed ‘I’ve been attacked’ after she was knifed in the unprovoked attack in Streatham, south London yesterday evening.
It is thought that the attacker, described as a 6ft black man, lay in wait for the 36-year-old.
He did not say anything as he stabbed the mum and then fled the scene on foot.
The victim was left bleeding and hunched over her pushchair, but her child was not injured.
Her father-in-law today told MailOnline that Josephine, known as Jo, is still recovering in hospital but ‘doing well’.
He had been visiting his daughter and her husband from his home in Australia when it happened.
A neighbour said her husband was among the first people to rush to help Mrs Conlon.
The 66-year-old said: “He (the attacker) jumped out on her suddenly as she walked down the road with her baby.
“I think he was trying to steal her mobile because she was on the phone talking to someone at the time.
“The phone was found on the floor a short distance away covered in blood so maybe the thief had dropped it when he ran off.”
The knifing is thought to have happened close to the woman’s home.
A 66-year-old neighbour added that she saw Mrs Conlon hunched, leaning on her pushchair and saying “I’ve been attacked, I’ve been attacked.”
The neighbour called police and noticed that blood was pouring down the mum’s face.
Another resident said: “I didn’t see anything, just heard a woman screaming downstairs ‘I’ve been stabbed’. It was early evening yesterday. I hope she’s okay.”
Officers from the South Area criminal investigation department are said to be carrying out ‘extensive enquiries’, including forensic work and CCTV analysis.
Police said this morning that detectives ‘retain an open mind as to any motive’, adding that there had been no arrests and the investigation continues.
Officers described the suspect as a ‘black man, around 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing’.
The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.