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Blood-soaked room where stranger stabbed gran in front of toddler grandson

A complete stranger stormed into a home and stabbed and strangled a grandmother in front of her grandson.

Shereena Oghani, 29, launched the ‘savage and frenzied’ attack on the 56-year-old victim for 10 minutes after randomly knocking on her door.

High on drugs, she forced her way inside the home in Moss Side and repeatedly punched and stabbed the victim in the head.

The victim’s 18-month-old grandson frantically ran around the room trying to help his grandmother.

Oghani pushed and kicked the young boy out of the way during her attack on the woman. Afterwards, she washed the blood from her hands in a puddle on the street.

Graphic images released by police show the scene of the attack, with blood covering walls and floors. Those images were released with the consent of the victim.

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

Oghani, from Stretford, was handed an extended jail sentence by a judge for public protection at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday.

The judge said the horrific attack was the ‘stuff of nightmares’.

On November 13 last year, the victim was home alone with her young grandson on Beresford Street at around 4.15pm when the defendant knocked on the front door.

Her daughter and three other grandchildren were out at the time.

After answering the door to Oghani, the victim was pushed back into her house and the door was locked behind her.

Prosecutor Prosecutor Mark Kellet said: ‘The defendant began by punching to the head at least three times.

‘She then grabbed her by the head dragging her to the kitchen. She was continuously punching her. She was then searching for a knife.

‘She got a knife and attempted to slash at the victim who tried to struggle free. She was trying to stab her.’

Oghani strangled her victim and dragged her to the sitting room before picking up a laptop – which she stole from – and hitting her in the face with it.

The victim lost consciousness and was stabbed in the back of the head.

‘She had multiple lacerations to the face and scalp and had bruising over her body. She spent six days recovering in hospital,’ the prosecutor added.

‘The violence was witnesses by her grandson who was running around trying to help his grandmother. He was pushed and kicked out of the way by the defendant.’

Oghani had two knives on her, which were recovered from the scene. Both were bloodstained and one was bent in the ferocious attack.

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

The victim managed to scream for help and her neighbours called the police.

Mitigating, Dan Gaskell said his client – who has seven previous convictions for 17 offences – had been ‘exploited by others’.

He added: ‘This defendant was vulnerable herself at the time of the commission of these offences.

‘She had been exploited by others and suffered serious abuse by others. She has little or no recollection of the actual events. She had been given some blue pills and had little or no recollection after that.

‘She was taken away from the area by an individual who was a controlling influence.’

Sentencing, Judge Alan Conrad said the attack was ‘savage and sustained’.

He told Oghani: ‘You caused the victim serious physical and emotional harm. A small child was present and was struck during your frenzied violence.

‘This attack is the stuff of nightmares for any house owner.

“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.’

Oghani, of Holly Bank Close, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery, common assault and breach of a suspended sentence.

She was declared ‘dangerous’ as she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, with an extra four years to serve on licence as part of an extended sentence.

Detective Constable Mike Baylay, of GMP’s City of Manchester Central division, said: ‘This was a vicious and vile attack which saw the victim, quite frankly, left for dead and caused great distress for the woman’s young grandchild who was also targeted during this random act of savagery.

‘While today’s verdict is a welcome result, it will do very little to heal the emotional and physical consequences that Oghani’s victim has suffered, and I hope that Oghani will find it within herself to portray any ounce of remorse while she sits behind bars.

‘Aside from the brutality of the use of weapons, Oghani’s attempt to strangle the victim using a scarf showed a complete disregard for the woman’s life; the randomness and viciousness of Oghani’s actions mean the streets are much safer without her.’