Notepad saved my life

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 May 2011

Credit line:, Juice Images

Credit line:, Juice Images


A 36-YEAR-OLD waiter who was stabbed in the heart during a violent assault says his life was saved when the potentially-fatal blow was blocked by a notepad in his top pocket.

Liljan Hykaj raced to help his employer when she spotted two men hiding outside Sousta Greek 
Taverna in Congresbury late on Saturday night.

But when Liljan approached the duo, they struck him over the head, punctured his skin multiple times with a sharp instrument and attempted to stab him in the heart, only for the notepad in his pocket to absorb the blow.

The sharp weapon they used, which Mr Hykaj believes was a black knife, pierced his shirt and vest, as well as the pad he writes orders on.

He later needed seven staples in his head after being taken to hospital.

After the violent confrontation, the pair ran off down the A370 towards the main village area of Congresbury. It all happened shortly before midnight.

Mr Hykaj, who has been a waiter for 10 years, says he was on the telephone to his eight-year-old son at the time of the attack and is appalled the youngster heard most of the incident.

The father-of-one said: “They hit me over the head, but I managed to get myself back on my feet.

“I threw some stone chippings at them to try to stop them, but when I grabbed one of them he said ‘I’ll stab you’ and I felt something sharp near my chest.

“Things could have been so much worse if it wasn’t for the order pad I always keep in my pocket.”

Mr Hykaj was left with just a scratch where one of his attackers tried to stab him in the chest, but was also left nursing a four-inch cut down his left side and a deep cut to the head, as well as other puncture marks.

One of the men may have been wearing a beige fisherman-style hat and had a goatee beard.

It is thought the pair, aged between 25 and 35, had waited at the back of the restaurant, but it is unknown at this stage what their intentions were.

If anyone has any information about the incident or witnessed the attack they can call police on 0845 4567000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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