Helen Pearson asked the police for help 120 times over a five-year period during which she was staked by Joe Willis. She says they could have stopped his terror before Willis stabbed her in a churchyard with a pair of scissors.
Police have arrested the 49-year-old Willis after he stabbed Pearson eight times with a foot-long pair of scissors. The 34-year-old Pearson says she may have been dead if not for the help of a passer-by who stepped in to stop Willis.
Pearson says “the police had ample opportunity to catch him before he tried to kill me.”
She says over the last five years, Willis sent her loads of hate-mail and texts, vandalized her car, and wrote ‘Die, Helen, Die’ on the side of her home. Prior to the stabbing, Pearson found a bloody dead cat on her front porch.
Willis has been convicted of attempted murder and will be sentenced in June. Pearson says “just because he’s locked away doesn’t mean my ordeal is over. I still get vivid flashbacks and every time my phone rings my heart beats out of my chest.”
“The police had ample opportunity to catch him before he tried to kill me,” Pearson adds. “The system needs to change and stalking needs to be taken seriously. If it wasn’t for the actions of that kind passer-by, I would not be here today.”
She says “you can’t imagine how much it takes over your life – living in fear, constantly wondering when he’s going to strike and if he’ll kill you.”