CCTV footage captured the terrifying moment that a woman tried to murder her friend on a train in a “frenzied and sustained” knife attack.
Lisa Savage, who was fixated with programmes about serial killers, knifed her friend’s face and neck repeatedly while other passengers watched on in terror.
Wales Online reports that the 42-year-old pulled a knife out of her handbag and stabbed her friend Sarah Hayton over and over again for four minutes.
A train guard saw the victim “crawling” through the carriage, surrounded by blood and called the police.
He could see her losing blood and losing colour and feared she was dying.
When the train stopped, Savage managed to force the doors open with her blood-stained hands before running off.
She was later arrested in a nearby park “shouting unintelligibly”.
Her victim’s eye sockets had been punctured in the knife attack and she has been left traumatised and with ongoing health problems.
At Newport Crown Court on Tuesday, Savage was sentenced to life with a minimum term of eight years and four months in jail for attempted murder, which she admitted.
The court heard Savage had previously received a life sentence for slashing an ex-boyfriend with a knife.
The attack happened on an Arriva Trains Wales service at around 11pm on Sunday, April 15, as it approached Chepstow railway station in Wales.
Savage was said to have turned on her friend when she said she did not want to visit her mother in Aberdare.
Judge Eleri Rees noted the attacked lasted for four minutes and there were a “large number of blows”.
Ms Hayton said Savage told her: “Go to sleep.”
Newport Crown Court heard Savage later said to the police: “I f***ing did it, didn’t I? F***ing brilliant. Psycho killer.”
Anna Midgley, prosecuting, said the defendant and Sarah Hayton were living at the same hostel in Birmingham, having both been released from prison.
The court heard the pair had known each other for around 20 years, but had only recently rekindled their friendship.
Prosecutors said Savage had a “difficult relationship” with her mother and had received a message saying she did not want to see her any more.
The complainant described her friend’s behaviour as “unstable” in the run-up to the incident.
Ms Midgley said: “She became fixated with programmes about murder and serial killers.”
The court heard Savage planned to confront her mother and said she wanted “to have it out with her”.
Prosecutors said Ms Hayton agreed to accompany the defendant and they travelled from Selly Oak, changing train at Gloucester.
Ms Midgley said Savage took two knives from a kitchen drawer at the hostel.
The court heard the pair were both under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the journey.
Witnesses reported hearing Savage call the victim a “slag” and punch her in the face on the platform at Gloucester station.
Ms Midgley said: “The attack began when Ms Hayton said she no longer wanted to go to Aberdare.”
The complainant later told officers she was concerned about her own licence conditions and said her friend started “raging”.
The court heard a fragment of the knife was recovered from a seat in the train and found to have Savage’s DNA on it. The rest of the knife was not recovered, but another was seized from her rucksack.
Prosecutors said she made a number of admissions in her police interview.
She told police she had been planning to kill her mother and referred to doing “something horrific”.
Prosecutors said Ms Hayton suffered wounds to her face and neck, which were treated with 67 superficial sutures and 20 deep sutures.
She was treated for five separate facial wounds, including two which penetrated her eye socket.
Ms Midgley said the victim has ongoing problems with her eyesight, which is now below the standard required to drive.
The court heard her upper eye lid droops and may require surgery. She gets double vision when she looks down.
Ms Hayton told the police she was “terrified” during the attack and thought she was going to die.
The prosecutor summarised her victim impact statement, saying: “She finds it difficult to understand how someone she knew so well could perpetrate these offences on her.”
Ms Hayton said she suffers from flashbacks, feeling the sensation of the knife.
The court heard Savage had 67 previous offences on her record, including 15 of violence.
She was first convicted when she was 14 of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, then for wounding.
In 1992, she had convictions for possessing a knife and inflicting grievous bodily harm.
She first went into custody in 1995 for offences including robbery, false imprisonment and administering poison. She was locked up for five years.
Savage received a life sentence, with a minimum term of three years, in 2000 for wounding her ex-boyfriend by “slashing” him across the face with a Stanley knife.
Savage, 42, from Weoley Park Road in Birmingham, admitted attempted murder and two counts of possessing a knife.
She appeared via video link from HM Prison Bronzefield for the hearing.
Stephen Thomas, defending, said there was no formal pre-sentence report.
The judge said: “She refused to cooperate with the probation officer.”
Mr Thomas told the court his client did not want to speak to someone she did not know, adding: “She did not want to re-live the trauma of the incident again.”
The court heard Savage has “significant” mental health problems and has been diagnosed with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder and Dissocial Personality Disorder, complicated by substance and alcohol misuse.
Mr Thomas said she used alcohol as a “coping strategy”.
He told the court the defendant was exposed to “considerable childhood trauma” by witnessing serious domestic violence against her mother.
The defence barrister said: “I have to concede that there is a pattern of violent offending throughout her history.”
He described the attack as “spontaneous” and said Savage had written a letter of apology to the victim.
The court heard Ms Hayton was on licence at the time too, as part of an extended sentence.
Judge Rees described the attack as “frenzied and sustained”.
She said the amount of time the defendant has spent in custody has not reduced the risk of harm she poses to others.
In her sentencing remarks, she said: “You are dangerous and pose a high risk of serious harm to the public through further such offending.”
Savage, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of eight years and four months. An order was made for the knives to be destroyed.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jaci Thomas, from British Transport Police, said: “This was a shocking and vicious attack, and I am pleased we have been able to bring Lisa Savage to justice.
“I would particularly like to thank my team for their outstanding contributions to this case, which has seen [her] receive a long custodial service and a dangerous woman removed from the streets.”