A 24-year-old nursery nurse today revealed how she played dead during a terrifying assault on a footpath in Shropshire.
said she thought she was going to die as Matthew Atkins
punched her repeatedly in the head during the assault.
She revealed how she pretended to stop breathing to fool Atkins and bring the random assault in Bridgnorth to an end.
Atkins, 25, of Mount Pleasant Road, Dawley, Telford, today admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding Miss Wall with intent to do her grievous bodily harm on July 30 last year.
Judge Peter Barrie, sitting at Shrewsbury Crown Court, adjourned the case for reports and further psychiatric evidence, until March 13. Atkins was remanded in custody.
She said: “I started panicking and screaming and that is when he started attacking me, punching me . . . I was struggling and he had his hand over my mouth and the other hand over my nostrils.
“I fell to the floor and that is when he started hitting my head on the pavement. I thought he was going to kill me . . . At one point I pretended to stop breathing because I thought he might run away . . . Then I gasped for breath and he carried on getting more violent and angry.”