Emily Jones’ father has spoken of the devastating moment he feared he would lose his little girl after she was stabbed in a park.
Mark Jones has described that he cradles his daughter in his arms and called for help after the 7-year-old was attacked by a stranger in Queen’s Park, Bolton on Mother’s Day this year.
Mark told Mail on Sunday about the last moments he spent with his daughter when she liked to play on her scooter and how he had promised her an ice cream when they met mother, Sarah.
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He recalled the excited kid competing forward after she discovered her mother, and how after the attack he first thought she had fallen off a scooter and got help up until he heard a woman shout ‘she has been stabbed’.
Mark told the newspaper: “” I ran for Emily. I was completely terrified. I just knew it was so bad. You do not survive these things.
“I was just thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m losing her, I’m losing her.’ “I shouted, ‘Just stay with me, Emily, stay with me.’ Do not leave me. “
“She was just trying to breathe. It was just awful. I would not want anyone to see it happen to her own daughter.
“Sometimes I come back there. I try not to do that. But I can only remember that she tried to breathe. Just to see your child that way.
“I thought, ‘This can not happen.’ This can not happen to Emily. “
Emily was flown by air ambulance to Salford Royal Hospital but died tragically.
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In court last week, Eltiona Skana, 30, was found not guilty of murdering Emily after the prosecution’s lawyers announced that they had dropped the charge.
Skana had denied murder but had already pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing.
Mark also paid tribute to his “warm and funny” little girl, who “loved everything” and was “strongly loyal” to her friends at Markland Hill Primary School
He described her as “my beautiful little soulmate” and a “great character” who loved going to school and had a passion for nature.
Mark also questioned why no more efforts were made to ensure that Skana, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, took his antipsychotic medication and said he had chosen to speak out because what happened to his daughter is “a general outrage”.
On Friday at Minshull Street Crown Court, the prosecutor told the jury that the Crown Prosecution Service would no longer pursue a murder charge and asked them not to find Skana guilty of that crime.
They said that the decision to refrain from the accusation had come after evidence from Dr Saifullah Syed Afghan – a consultant forensic psychiatrist who treats Skana at Rampton Hospital.
He told the court that he had no ‘alternative’ explanation for her actions on March 22, apart from previous explanations about psychosis caused by her diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia.
Skana will be convicted of murder on Tuesday.