A violent thug was caught on camera stalking a mother-of-three before he would randomly attack her by stabbing her seven times in the face and neck – just days after he was released from prison.
Mark Brazant, 44, ambushed married mother Josephine Conlon, 36, narrowly missing her jugular vein as he slashed at her face and neck in Streatham on December 30.
Brazant had been released from HMP Thameside on Christmas Eve after serving time for three offences of battery and one of common assault – all against lone women.
Despite his history of violence against vulnerable females he was free to prowl the streets after his supervisors failed to meet him at the prison gates.
Footage released today shows Brazant and his victim walking past one another on Streatham Hill, before he stops outside a shop, turns and walks after her.
Josephine Conlon can be seen pushing her daughter along Streatham Hill in a pram on December 30 – moments later she would suffer a vicious attack at the hands of Mark Brazant
Josephine Conlon, pictured with husband Greg, was ambushed by violent thug Mark Brazant in Streatham on December 30, just days after he had been released from prison after attacking other women in the street
Mark Brazant, 44, ambushed married mother Josephine Conlon, 36, less than a week after being released from prison
Thug’s history of attacking lone women
Previously, the court had heard how Brazant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had a history of attacking lone women for no reason and had a conviction for carrying a blade.
In January 2017, he collided with a woman, swore at her, grabbed her arm and shoved her awa
On November 26 last year, Brazent attacked four women on the same day, grabbing one by the neck after accusing her of smiling at him, and punching another for laughing.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of battery and one of common assault, but was released on licence from Thameside Prison on Christmas Eve to spend a year on post-sentence supervision.
Brazant, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was supposed to be escorted to an address in Ealing, west London, run by Enriched Care Limited.
According to its website Enriched provide ‘supported accommodation for adults with enduring mental health needs’.
Staff at the home told a trial they were ‘very concerned,’ when Brazant didn’t show and reported it the police.
CCTV footage from December 30 showed the moment she crossed paths with Brazant in the street, prompting the defendant to follow her on her way home after meeting other new mothers at a local bakery.
Mrs Conlon told jurors that she first realised she was ‘in danger’ when she was shoved forcefully in the back.
She fell into a driveway, and the buggy containing her baby daughter rolled on to the kerb and became wedged next to a parked car.
Mrs Conlon told jurors: ‘I remember thinking he had pushed me into the driveway because he was going to rape me.
‘Then he didn’t, he just started hitting me.
‘I realised I was being stabbed. I was screaming a lot because I was not in the road so I wanted somebody to hear me.
‘I was ducking and trying to get away and trying to get up on to my feet.
‘I could feel blood. The adrenaline took away pain but I could feel things dripping.’
She added: ‘I managed to get up on my feet and that’s when he turned and ran away.’
Seconds later, Branzant walks past, stops outside a shop with a cigarette and then walks after his Conlon, who he stabbed seven times in the face and neck
Josephin Conlon, a mother-of-three, told a court she only realised she had been stabbed when she felt blood across her body
Josephine Conlon, then 36, was pushing her 21-month daughter along a residential street when she felt a ‘powerful’ shove to the floor and was stabbed in the face and neck by Mark Brazant, 44
She screamed for help and neighbours came to her aid before medics arrived.
Mrs Conlon, who was supported in court by her husband Greg, was discharged from hospital the next day but continues to have treatment for scars to her face and neck, the court heard.
In the early hours of January 2, Brazant handed himself in at Wandsworth Police Station, telling officers: ‘I have murdered someone, I have stabbed someone. Don’t know if they are dead.’
During his trial, Brazant, of Ealing, West London, had denied he intended to kill Mrs Conlon, saying he was hearing voices telling him to hurt someone.
A jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict – despite more than 40 hours of deliberations.
But on Thursday, he admitted attempted murder after the prosecution called for a retrial.
He said he chose Mrs Conlon because she was small, female, pushing a buggy and he did not think she would fight back.
Having stabbed her repeatedly, he told himself ‘that’s enough, that will do’ and left, he said.
The court heard Brazant was on medication for his mental health condition but had stopped taking it.
He had admitted unlawful wounding, but denied attempted murder and an alternative charge of wounding with intent.
Brazant entered his new guilty plea via video link from Three Bridges medium secure hospital.
Mrs Conlon sat in court with her husband by her side.
Mrs Conlon was attacked as she walked with her pram along Streatham Hill in December
Changing his plea on Thursday morning, defence lawyer Oliver Renton said: ‘Mr Brazant was told the matter could not be resolved until 2021 at trial and his pleas follow on from that.’
Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a sentencing date for September 16 and remanded him into custody.
Ben Omullo, a Team Leader at Enriched Care Limited, had told the court he was expecting Brazant to arrive on 24 December.
He explained staff were ‘very concerned,’ when Brazant failed to show and they reported it to the police.
Mr Omullo told jurors Mr Brazant had gone missing from care ‘several times’ and accepted he was someone whose health went up and down.
‘He would become someone else. He would be agitated restless. He would be a different Mark from the person I knew. He would just be shouting, disappearing sometimes,’ continued Mr Omullo.
Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Pascall, said: ‘It was clear Brazant had a clear intent that day to cause harm. He is dangerous and unpredictable.
‘We have no idea why he chose the victim he did but thankfully, and luckily, she wasn’t more seriously injured.
‘I commend the victim for her bravery throughout the trial and courage to give evidence in front of the man who caused her serious harm.’
Following his guilty plea earlier today, Brazant was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on 16 September.