An NHS nurse has told how she stared into the ‘sorrowless, evil, empty’ eyes of an ISIS-inspired killer and asked him ‘what’s wrong with you?’ – before he slashed open her neck in the London Bridge attack.
Helen Kennett was off-duty drinking prosecco to celebrate her birthday with her mother and sister in the courtyard of Boro Bistro when she heard the terrorists’ van crash on the street above, an inquest heard today.
When she saw the extremists descend the stairs from the bridge to Borough Market, she thought they were innocent people seeking help after a car accident.
But as she approached to give them first aid, she saw one of the killers, Rachid Redouane, 30, stabbing 26-year-old Alexandre Pigeard from behind and realised it was a deliberate attack.
Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Ms Kennett said: ‘I looked up at the attacker. I did exchange words with him. I looked at him and I said: ‘What’s wrong with you?’
‘He immediately looked at me and said: ‘No, what’s wrong with you.’ Before I could process what was happening he stabbed me in the neck on the left side.
‘He was dark-skinned, I’m sure, he had a bit of a whispy beard, not a proper one. I just remember his eyes, they were completely sorrowless, evil, empty.’
Despite his fatal injuries, Mr Pigeard warned the NHS nurse to run away before she was also stabbed by Redouane and left for dead in the incident on June 3, 2017.
Ms Kennett recalled ‘slipping in my own blood’ as she desperately tried to reach her family in an alleyway near the restaurant.
Rachid Redouane (pictured left), 30, was the terrorist who stabbed nurse Helen Kennett and killed waiter Alexandre Pigeard. One of his accomplices Youssef Zaghba, 22, is pictured right