A VICTIM who says she narrowly escaped death when beaten by a family friend has slammed a court for only giving her attacker 10 months' imprisonment.
The 37-year-old mother of two from Northwood Hills, who does not want to be named, has revealed how she was knocked down after being Kung-fu kicked and repeatedly hit in the face and then thrown against a wall outside her neighbour's house.
Louie Silver, 25, from Ruislip, was sentenced to 10 months in jail last week by Harrow Crown Court for causing actual bodily harm to the woman on September 13 last year.
The incident took place at about 10pm just minutes after the two of them had left a friend's house where Silver had made racist remarks to her.
She said: "When I was lying on the floor I knew if I didn't get up he would kill me. He only stopped after I managed to punch him and make his nose bleed.
"By the end of it I looked like elephant woman, the bump on my head was so large I could fit it into my cupped hand, and I had blood all over my clothes."
The victim explained she had allowed Silver to stay at her house for two weeks prior to the incident because he had come knocking on her door saying he had nowhere to go.
She said: "A couple of days before he hit me I told him he would need to look for somewhere else to stay, and I think that's what made him angry.
"Before we left the house he came up to my room with a knife and swung it at me about 15 times, and then he started laughing, saying 'do you think I'm going to kill you?'
"I don't think he had the guts to do it, but he still had the devil in him that day to do what he did."
She added: "I hardly left my house for months afterwards and he would come banging on the door trying to get me to let him in."
She said he could have killed her that day and she cannot believe that he will be let out again in five months' time.