Fashion designer Nicole Farhi has been left so terrified after she was attacked by two robbers outside her London property, she is now too frightened to go home alone.
Two men targeted the style guru outside her residence in Highgate, north London last year (08), stealing her Rolex watch, diamond ring, and money.
It's really sad, that always in the back of my head there's the idea that I cannot walk home, or take my dog for a walk at night
Farhi told London's Wood Green Crown Court earlier this year (Jun09) she had feared for her life as one of the assailants grabbed her throat andstrangled her until she lost consciousness.
The designer admits she was calm about the incident at first, but now she is traumatised by it and is frightened of being alone.
She says, "I was completely relaxed about it. And people did say to me,'You'll see, Nicole, in a few months it will come back to you'. And it'strue.
"It's really sad, that always in the back of my head there's the idea that I cannot walk home, or take my dog for a walk at night. Otherwise I'm fine.
I don't think about it during the day, you know? But to go home bymyself, I couldn't do it". One of the men was cleared of the attack on Farhi - Matthew Mykoo, 27, denied 16 counts of robbery, but admitted two other charges.
In June (09), a jury found him guilty of five robberies but cleared him of eight other attacks - including the incident involving Farhi. Mykoo's brother Daniel, 28, previously admitted 19 robberies - including the Farhi raid - and two car offences.