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Lucky escape for stabbed grandad

LUCKY ESCAPE: Kalin Salassi

A GRANDFATHER is thanking his lucky stars after a narrow escape with death.

Bristol resident Kalin Salassi told The Voice he thought he would die after being stabbed in the chest during what family members claim was a drunken row with a female friend.


Panicking and in pain, Salassi, 50, said he dialled 999 in the early hours of August 21 after being attacked by the woman who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Paramedics arrived at his home in Minehead Road, Bristol to find him suffering from stab wounds to the upper part of his chest.

“I am lucky to be alive because she stabbed me close to my heart,” the former van driver claimed. “I staggered outside to make a call to the ambulance.”

A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service confirmed they were at Salassi’s address on August 21. He told The Voice: “A paramedic rapid response vehicle was sent to the house at 03.32 am and this was backed with an ambulance at 03.39 am. We attended to a male who had been stabbed at the central area. We later took him to Frenchay hospital in Bristol.”


Salassi spent four days there. The father of six is now on the road to recovery at home, but claims he can no longer remember the reason for the argument.
“I don’t feel good,” he said. “I had a collapsed lung and one vein came out of my heart and as a result I keep getting short of air.”

A spokesperson for Knowles West Police Station, Bristol said officers have made an arrest.

In a statement, the police said: “A call was made to report the incident during the early hours of August 21st. A 48-year-old, who was arrested, was being released on police bail pending further investigation.”


As for Salassi, he said he is now seeking legal advice over what steps to take in the aftermath of the attack. “I have found a lawyer in London to take my case and I am going to make a criminal prosecution against her,” he said.

“If it had been the other way round I would have been in prison now. It is unfair that somebody can stab me and be on the street.”

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