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Kate Sheedy: Statement in full
Kate Sheedy was left for dead after being run over twice by a car driven by Levi Bellfield.

Speaking outside court, Ms Sheedy, who was 18 at the time of the attack, welcomed Bellfield's convictions for her attempted murder, and for the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange.

Here is Ms Sheedy's statement:

On the day I was attacked I was celebrating about moving onto a new and exciting time in my life.

All that hope and excitement was taken from me and I thought my life had changed for ever.

Kate Sheedy
Kate Sheedy arrives at court during the trial

The road to recovery has been long and hard, both mentally and physically, and there have been times when I thought I would never get better.

With this verdict I can finally move on with my life and attempt to put this behind me.

Of course I will never be able to forget what happened to me, the scars on my body and the memories I have, are something I will never be rid of, but hopefully I can move on.

Attending court and facing my attacker was very difficult but something I felt was important.

The court process has been a long and arduous one and stirred up many unwelcome memories and a lot of evidence has been hard to listen to.

But it is finally over and the fact that Bellfield has been found guilty means more to me than I can possibly say.

Meeting Amelie's parents and Marsha's family has been a painful reminder of what could have been - and brings a deep sadness for those who were not as lucky as I was.

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


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