Woman, 42, handed second life sentence for trying to murder her friend

‘I’m a psycho killer!’ Woman, 42, freed early from life sentence for stabbing her ex-boyfriend is jailed for life again after brutal knife attack on ‘friend’ leaving her with 87 stitches

  • Lisa Savage was travelling from Birmingham to South Wales to stab her mother 
  • Savage, 42, was on the train along with her friend Sarah Hayton on April 15 
  • Ms Hayton told Savage that she no longer wanted to go and confront her mother
  • Savage was handed a life sentence and ordered to serve at least eight years 

Lisa Savage, pictured, was handed a second life sentence yesterday following a brutal knife attack on her friend Sarah Hayton on a train between Birmingham and Wales 

A woman freed early from a life jail sentence carried out a brutal stabbing on a train – and was today given a second life prison term.

Lisa Savage, 42, was seen on train CCTV launching the brutal knife attack on another woman as she shouted: ‘Go to sleep little girl.’ 

It showed Savage leaning over friend Sarah Hayton before pulling a knife from her bag – and repeatedly stabbing her.

Following her arrest, Savage told police: ‘I f****** did it, didn’t I. I’m a psycho killer.’  

A court heard Savage carried out the ‘sustained’ attack leaving Miss Hayton on the floor covered in blood while she walked calmly to the train doors and prized them open.

She was out from prison on license after serving 17 years of a life sentence for stabbing her ex boyfriend with a Stanley knife.

Prosecutor Anna Midgley said Savage and Miss Hayton had caught the train from Selly Oak near Birmingham on April 15.

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Savage had planned to go to Aberdare in South Wales to confront her mother with two knives – because she had received a text saying her mum wanted nothing to do with her.

Miss Midgley said: ‘Miss Hayton explains that the attack on her by the defendant began when she said she no longer wanted to go to Aberdare to confront the defendant’s mother.

‘The defendant’s reaction was to begin raging and to take out a knife which she had packed and to stab Miss Hayton repeatedly.’

Savage, pictured holding a knife during the horrific attack was travelling to South Wales with two knives in order to stab her own mother 

Newport Crown Court heard Miss Hayton was left needing 67 superficial stitches and 20 deep wound stitches.

She suffered a significant injury to her neck and five separate facial wounds – including two to her eye socket.

The court heard train passengers in the same carriage were ‘extremely frightened.’

Miss Midgley said: ‘They were afraid that the violence might be turned on them.

‘Miss Hayton was terrified. She believed she was going to die.

‘She recalls the sound of the gurgling of her own blood.’

The court heard when the train pulled into Chepstow station a train guard saw Miss Hayton crawling and covered in blood and alerted police.

Terrified train staff locked themselves in the train cabin for safety.

The court heard that saw Miss Hayton ‘losing colour and blood’ and were concerned she was dying.

Miss Midley said: ‘The defendant was trapped on the train.

‘She made significant efforts to force the doors open with her hands which were covered in blood.’

The court heard Savage was arrested in a Chepstow park and told police: ‘I f****** did didn’t I. I took her out. I’m a psycho killer.’

Newport Crown court heard Savage has a string of violence offences dating back to 1991.

In 2000 was sentenced to life with a minimum of three years for wounding with intent.

She was released but went back to prison on recall for a public order offence.

Savage was then released into a hostel in Birmingham in February 2018 where she met old friend Sarah Hayton.

Judge Eleri Rees has now sentenced Savage to life with a minimum of 8 years and four months after she admitted attempted murder and two charges of having a blade.

She said: ‘ It was a frenzied and sustained attack.

‘After a lengthy period of custody, you served some 17 years, that did not serve to reduce the risk you pose to others.

‘You are dangerous and pose a high risk of harm to the public.’ 

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