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Wife thanks police officers for saving her life

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Thursday 12th June 2014
PC Jackson and PC Gallagher with Manjit

A WIFE who was scalped and beaten with a heavy ornament by her husband of 38 years has said she wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for the police officers who saved her.

Manjit Sekhon, 56, of Kirkland Gardens, Monk Bretton, was attacked by her husband Ajit on the morning October 18 as they tried to watch Emmerdale over breakfast.

Sekhon was found standing over his wife as she was drifting in and out of consciousness by PC Chris Jackson who had received a call about a disturbance.

His colleague PC John Gallagher was attending to the couple's son Paul, 32, who had fled to a neighbour's house after also attacked by his father.

Manjit, who pretended to be dead during the attack, said: "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. I'm so grateful to them and will never, ever forget what they did for me."

In an emotional reunion with Det Sgt Stuart Hall and the two officers, she thanked them for saving her life.

Paul said the police officers should be awarded medals.

He added: "I want to thank them for saving my mum, and to thank DS Stuart Hall for all the things he's done and help he's given us."

Manjit said she remembered her husband saying 'you've let that b*****d get away, I'm going to kill you' but blacked out after being hit with a metal ornament of a Buddha.

PC Jackson and PC Gallagher were on patrol when they received a call about a disturbance.

PC Jackson said: "It was traumatic for everyone involved.

"We are hardened police officers and we get used to seeing things but there are still things that shock us.

"I was worried Manjit was going to pass away while I was with her but she kept talking to me like the trooper she is and she's here today, strong as an ox and looking marvellous."

DS Hall said Manjit's injuries were the worst he had ever seen on a person who survived.

Manjit is now taking 17 different medications three times a day and faces a further three operations.

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Posted by jewels I Thu 12th Jun 2014 at 3:49pm

Wow she so lucky to be alive and it's great to see police being praised for the good job they did. Hate seeing negative side so often. I hope manjit makes a speedy recovery and her husband is locked away for a very long time and unable to hurt anyone again. Best wishes to you and your son Manjit.

Posted by Sue Howard I Thu 12th Jun 2014 at 8:15pm

Well done syp and yes the officers need a medal! Cant imagine what greeted them .