Attack victim welcomes Bellfield's conviction

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The woman who as a convent schoolgirl survived a near-fatal attack by bus stop stalker Levi Bellfield said his conviction today meant more than words could say.







Kate Sheedy, now a 21-year-old university student, said she hoped the verdict would bring some comfort to the other victims of the "despicable" killer.



She said: "The fact that Bellfield has been found guilty means more to me than I can possibly say."



Miss Sheedy survived being run over twice by Bellfield just yards from home as she made her way home from a bus stop in May 2004.



She had been out celebrating her last day at Gumley House Convent School, where she was head girl.



Miss Sheedy wept and hugged friends and family after jurors returned their verdicts today and was loudly cheered as she left the Old Bailey.



She said: "I have waited for nearly four years for this day and it is hard to express how much it means to me.



"At the time I was celebrating moving on to a new chapter in my life.



"All that hope and excitement was taken from me.



"The road to recovery has been long and hard. There were times when I thought I would never get better.



"I will never be able to forget what happened to me."



Meeting the families of Bellfield's murder victims had been "a powerful reminder of what could have been", she added.



"I hope that this verdict brings some comfort to all those families that have been affected by the despicable actions of just one man."