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The reconstruction of Abigail Witchalls' attack on BBC Crimewatch

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Husband of Abigail Witchalls interviewed for the first time on Crimewatch

Category: TV Factual

Date: 18.05.2005
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Abigail Witchalls' husband, Benoit Witchalls, will be speaking publicly for the first time on BBC ONE's Crimewatch programme tonight, 18 May 2005, appealing for help in identifying the person responsible for the attack on his wife and son.


Crimewatch features a reconstruction of the events on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 April in which 26-year-old Abigail was chased, stabbed in the neck with a knife and left for dead on the footpath.


Actors play the parts of Abigail and her 21-month-old son Joseph who was threatened with a knife during the same incident.


Speaking about Abigail, Benoit says: "She's a remarkable character. I think I've had a crash course in spinal injury, and you just can't tell anything for the first month so it's a case of wait and see really, but she's still got her smile which is very comforting to see."


On how he and the family are coping, he says he and Abigail refuse to let the attack destroy their lives.


"We feel very lucky and very blessed because she is fully present as herself, it's just great to see and it's a great joy. You can see in her face when she sees Joseph. The reason that the first word that she mouthed was 'happy' was because she was so relieved that he came out of it unscathed, physically.


"Between trying to understand our son - who has quite a basic vocabulary - and Abigail, who is trying to lipread things, I'm getting much better."


Notes to Editors:


Stills relating to the Crimewatch appeal are available from the 17 May 2005 from BBC Picture Publicity.


The full transcript of the interview with Benoit Witchalls will be available on the Press Office website from 11.00pm on 18 May 2005.


For strict legal reasons, any media outlet wanting to use footage or grabs of the reconstruction other than those released under embargo prior to transmission must contact the Publicity Front Desk for clearance. It is copyright of the BBC.



Category: TV Factual

Date: 18.05.2005
Printable version


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