A MAN who was living in a caravan in Weston has been jailed after he tried to murder his mother.

David Sosa Salomon, 37, drove from his temporary home in Oldmixon Crescent, to wait for his mother to get off a bus in Filton on February 28 last year.

He stabbed her several times and she was only saved when members of the public intervened.

Salomon was convicted after a trial in December at Bristol Crown Court and received a 19-year sentence on Friday (February 9).

Jurors were told during the trial that he waited near a pub in Filton Avenue that afternoon until the bus his mother regularly boarded stopped.

When she alighted from the bus, Salomon attacked her with a knife.

Members of the public intervened to help protect the victim and to get Salomon to drop the knife.

They called the police and officers arrested Salomon at the scene.

He admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but was convicted by a jury of attempted murder at the end of last year.

The victim thanked members of the public who came to her aid and their efforts were also praised by the judge.

Officer in the case, Detective Constable Paul Davey, said: “David Sosa Solomon had a pre-meditated plan to attack his mother and subjected her to a horrific level of violence.

“The victim required stitches in hospital after the attack, but it is through good fortune and the commendable bravery of the public that she was not more seriously injured.”

Lucy Coleman, Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The jury carefully considered the evidence and found David Sosa Salomon guilty of attempting to murder his mother in broad daylight as she got off a bus in Filton.

“They rejected his explanation that his intentions were limited to causing her really serious injury.

“She was subjected to what much have been a horrifying attack as he stabbed her in the neck with a knife before subjecting her to a more sustained attack as she lay on the ground.

"But for the remarkable bravery of members of the public the defendant’s intentions may well have been realised.”