Monday, July 19, 2010
This article from the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune.com reports a brutal stabbing attack of an attorney by the opposing party in a domestic case:
Sheikh Nyane, 32, who was charged with assault and attempted murder in the case, admitted to police that he was upset because [the attorney] represented his former spouse in the proceedings, according to a court document.
On the day [the attorney] was attacked, Nyane allegedly told his ex-spouse that "he was ready to die and I'm going to take somebody with me," [the attorney] said.
During the assault, her attacker was going full tilt, [the attorney] said, but she managed to scream for help as she felt the knife jabbing at her throat.
Desperate and bleeding badly, she uttered that she wasn't trying to hurt him. For some reason, she said, he stopped and said, "You're not going to die today," and walked away. Nyane turned himself in to police 40 minutes later, knife in hand.
Nyane, who called the Star Tribune from the Anoka County jail after an interview request, said his attorney advised him not to comment.
At a court hearing last week, he didn't enter a plea, and he was assigned a public defender. [the attorney], surrounded by a dozen relatives, attended. She said seeing Nyane was nerve-wracking. He made eye contact with her, she said.
Hat tip to the web page of the North Dakota Supreme Court. (Mike Frisch)