Yorkshire Ripper nearly blinded after Broadmoor killer stabbed his face five times


Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe: The serial killer, who lost sight in his left eye in 1997, was stabbed near his right during lunch

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was repeatedly stabbed in the face by another killer in a frenzied attack inside Broadmoor, a court heard yesterday.   

Patrick Sureda screamed 'I'll teach you, you b******, for killing all those women' before grabbing 63-year-old around the neck.

The paranoid schizophrenic repeatedly lunged at Sutcliffe's only good eye using a blunt 7-inch table knife as horrified nurses at the top security hospital tried to pull him off.   

Sutcliffe, who lost sight in his left eye in another jail attack 12 years ago, was left with an inch-long cut below his right eye following the incident on December 22, 2007.

Sureda, who murdered his mother in 2000, was ruled unfit to plead. But a jury convicted him of wounding with intent and assault.   

They heard that Sureda attacked Sutcliffe at the end of lunchtime in the small cafeteria on the Dorchester Ward at the hospital in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Neil Moore, prosecuting at Reading Crown Court, told the jury: 'He (Sureda) made a concerted attempt to stab another man in the area of his eye at Broadmoor where they were both patients.  

'Fortunately the attempt was only successful to the extent that there was a relatively small wound.' 

Broadmoor healthcare assistant Roy Woodhouse said in a statement read to the court that Sureda had appeared agitated in the moments leading up to the attack.   

'He (the defendant) was looking around a lot, messing with his food, cutting it up but not actually eating any of it,' he said.

'All of a sudden Sureda got up and made a mad dash to Sutcliffe who had his back to him and lunged at him.' 

The crazed killer locked his left hand around the Yorkshire Ripper's neck so that he was not able to move it before sticking the blunt blade in.

The worker added: 'He was gripping a metal dinner knife and made four or five cutting motions and I could hear thuds with each contact.' 

Mr Woodhouse restrained the attacker while other staff wrestled the weapon off him.

The jury heard that 13 patients were enjoying second helpings of dinner in the small cafeteria when Sureda launched his attack. But it was over in less than a minute.

Judge Zoe Smith was told that paranoid schizophrenic Sureda suffered from a delusional belief that his lawyers had been bribed by MI6 and was not emotionally capable of dealing with a court case.   

Stephen Ferguson, defending, had not even spoken to his client - because he had been told not to.

The convicted killer, who was wearing a grey suit, red patterned tie and white shirt, was flanked by a team of six security guards and nurses.

He sat slumped in the dock complaining throughout the case - and repeatedly admitted carrying out the attack.

Dark-haired Sureda, who had just moved to a new wing of the hospital when the attack happened, said in one outburst: 'I said weeks before that I would attack Mr Sutcliffe if if I was moved to that ward.'  

Sureda strangled his 68-year-old mother Geraldine in 2000 after she invited him home to Mitcham, Surrey, from another psychiatric hospital for the weekend.

He was convinced that his mother was part of a New Labour plot to kill him because of his Conservative beliefs.   

Sutcliffe, who is now known as Peter Coonan, lost sight in his left eye following an attack by Ian Key, another Broadmoor patient, in May 1997.   

He was jailed in 1981 for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill several others during a five year spree in the 1970s.

Sureda will be sentenced at a later date.