A good Samaritan, slashed in a frenzied knife attack by a man who begged her for help claiming his car had broken down, has told how she thought she was going to die.
Gina Christie was hit over the head with a baseball bat, stabbed in the arm and stomach and robbed of all her cash when she stopped to help the man after he flagged her car down in Co Down.
He asked her if she had any change for the pay phone so he could call for road side assistance but when he realised she had no wallet he began attacking her with the knife and a second man jumped into the passenger side of her car and rummaged through the glove compartment.
"It was terrifying. If I hadn't been strong enough to fight back you might have been reading in the papers that a woman had been killed," Gina told the Belfast Telegraph.
The 40-year-old was taking a short-cut home through Ballynahinch's Langley Road estate shortly after 10pm last Wednesday when she was viciously attacked.
She tried to fight off her attackers but it was not until another vehicle approached that the men finally fled in a dark coloured car.
"I keep playing it all over and over in my mind but it didn't cross my mind not to stop when he flagged me down.
"He asked me if I had any change as his car had broken down. I reached into my pocket and then I was hit on the head with what I think was a baseball bat and my glasses were smashed.
"Another man jumped into the car and they were asking for my wallet but I didn't have one and I kept telling them that. I handed over all the cash I had - about £25 or £30 - but the first man started to slash me with a knife.
"When they saw car lights coming they fled and I drove myself home for help. I didn't realise how badly cut I was until I got home and saw how deep the wounds were."
UUP Policing Board member Basil McCrea condemned the "horrific" attack.
He said: "The horrendous attack on Gina Christie and her brave stance in coming forward should give society and our politicians the motivation to actually do something about knife crime."
Detectives have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.