Good Samaritan stabbed and mugged as she ran to help 'screaming woman' in park

Robyn Hannaway, 20, is recovering from attack on her way to a petrol station

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A Good Samaritan who was stabbed in the stomach and mugged after running into a park to help a woman she thought was in trouble has spoken about her ordeal.

Robyn Hannaway was on her way to a shop near her home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, at late on 17 August when she heard screaming coming from a nearby park.

Fearing a woman was being attacked, the 20-year-old ran into the park to help, only to find herself in danger.

Writing about the ordeal on Facebook, she said the screaming stopped as she got further into the area, which was pitch dark.

“Within a few seconds I was completely knocked out by a man hitting me on the back of the head with something,” she wrote.

“By the time I woke up my purse was taken and while I was unconscious.

“I was stabbed in the stomach and my face was slashed.

“It’s surreal to write cause I can’t believe someone so close to home, where I've lived and felt safe all my life, has it in them to walk away and leave me lying there knowing there was a high chance they'd just killed me.”

Miss Hannaway was taken to Hairmyres Hospital, in East Kilbride, for treatment to her injuries and has since been released.

No one has yet been arrested in relation to the attack and police are continuing to appeal for information.

The victim said she was shocked by the unprovoked assault in the residential Burnbank area of Hamilton, urging other people to “be safe” and not fall into what she believes was a deliberate trap.

“It makes me feel sick with worry knowing that whoever's responsible for attacking me is still on the streets,” she wrote.

“I never want anyone to go through what me and my family have in past few days.

“I don’t understand how anyone can have so much hatred for someone they don't know, they didn't care that they could have left my mum and dad without their youngest daughter, left my big sister without her only sister and left my family broken and devastated.”

Her Facebook post detailing the incident has been shared more than 2,400 times.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said detectives at Cambuslang CID were leading inquiries into the “serious assault” and theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Dan Pulfrey on 101.