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“The stuff of nightmares” … the drugged woman broke into a grandfather’s house and stabbed her in the head during a frenzied attack – while the terrified grandson looked horrified

A drugged woman stabbed and strangled a grandmother in front of her terrified young grandson after breaking into her home in a “wild and frantic” attack.

Shereena Oghani, 29, launched the cowardly 10-minute assault on the 56-year-old victim after knocking on her door on Moss Side and making her way inside.

Drugged with drugs, he repeatedly punched the woman and stabbed her in the head. The victim’s 18-month-old grandson ran frantically into the room trying to help his grandmother.

Oghani pushed and kicked the young boy off during his attack on the woman – a complete stranger.

Subsequently, he washed the blood from his hands in a puddle on the street.

The graphic images released by the police show the scene of the attack, with walls and floors covered in blood. Those images were released with the victim’s consent.



A blood-stained knife was folded in the attack

DNA evidence – including Oghani’s hearing aid, which was left on the scene – and CCTV footage helped detectives identify her. She fled to London after the attack, where she was arrested.

Today (Thursday), Oghani of Stretford was sentenced to a prolonged prison sentence by a Manchester Crown Court public protection judge.

The judge said that the horrible attack was “nightmare stuff”.

On November 13 last year, the victim was home alone with his young grandson on Beresford Street around 4:15 pm when the defendant knocked on the main door.

At the time, his daughter and three other grandchildren were out.



The horror attack scene

After replying to Oghani’s door, the victim was pushed back to her home and the door was locked behind her.

“The defendant started punching at least three times in the head,” said prosecutor Mark Kellet.

“Then he grabbed her by the head dragging her into the kitchen. He beat her constantly. He was therefore looking for a knife.

“He took a knife and tried to hit the victim who tried to free himself. He was trying to stab her.”

Oghani strangled his victim and dragged her into the living room before taking a laptop – from which he had stolen – and hitting her in the face.

The victim lost consciousness and was stabbed in the neck.

“He had multiple lacerations on his face and scalp and had bruises on his body. He spent six days recovering in the hospital,” added the prosecutor.



The scientist on Beresford Street at the time of the accident

“The violence was witnessed by his grandson running around trying to help his grandmother. He was pushed and chased away by the defendant.”

Oghani had two knives on her, which were recovered from the scene.

Both were stained with blood and one was bent in the fierce attack.

After Oghani left the house, she was caught on CCTV while washing blood from her hands in a puddle.

The victim managed to ask for help and her neighbors called the police.

Mitigating, Dan Gaskell said his client – who has seven previous convictions for 17 crimes – has been “exploited by others”.

“This defendant was vulnerable herself at the time of the commission of these crimes,” added Gaskell.

“It had been exploited by others and had been seriously abused by others.

“She has little or no memory of the actual events. She was given blue pills and had little or no memory afterward.

“She was taken away from the area by an individual who was a controlling influence.”



The stab scene in Moss Side

Sentenced, Judge Alan Conrad said the attack was “wild and sustained”.

He said to Oghani, “You caused serious physical and emotional harm to the victim. A small boy was present and was hit during your frenzied violence.



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“This attack is nightmare stuff for any homeowner.

“All of this happened while you were under the influence of drugs.

“I am satisfied that you present a significant risk to the public of serious harm.”

Sherenna Oghani, of Holly Bank Close, Stretford, pleaded guilty to injury with the intention of causing serious physical injury; robbery; common assault; and violation of a suspended sentence.

She was declared “dangerous” as she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, with another four years to serve her license as part of an extended sentence.

Detective Mike Baylay, of the City of Manchester Central division of the GMP, said: “This was a vicious and cowardly attack that saw the victim, frankly, left dead and caused great distress to the young woman’s grandson who was also targeted during this case act of ferocity.

“While today’s verdict is a positive result, it will do little to cure the emotional and physical consequences that the victim of Oghani has suffered, and I hope Oghani will find within himself portraying every ounce of remorse as he sits behind bars.

“Aside from the brutality of the use of weapons, Oghani’s attempt to strangle the victim using a scarf showed complete contempt for the woman’s life; the randomness and malice of Oghani’s actions make the streets much safer without her. “

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