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Woman charged with attempted murder of Christian Member of Parliament

MP Stephen Timms in front of West Ham stadium

Police have charged a woman with the attempted murder of Labour Member of Parliament Stephen Timms.

The former treasury minister and committed Christian was stabbed twice in the stomach by unemployed Roshonara Choudhary, 21, during a surgery in his constituency of East Ham, East London.

Mr Timms is currently recuperating from the attack after he was discharged from hospital and declared himself to be “well on the mend” as he left the Royal London Hospital.

During a five-day stay in hospital, Mr Timms underwent surgery for stab wounds to the stomach.

Upon leaving, he thanked doctors and nurses, adding that he had been advised to “take some rest”.

“I am very pleased to be leaving hospital. I am extremely grateful to the hospital and all the doctors and nurses that have helped me over the last few days and have done a great job,” he said.

Ms Choudhary has also been charged with two counts of weapon possession. A two-week trial was fixed for 1 November.

She spoke only to confirm her name and that she understood the proceedings.
Ms Choudhary was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on 13 July.

In an interview with ASSIST News just a few weeks before the attack Mr Timms highlighted his support for Global Day of Prayer taking place at West Ham stadium in his constituency June 13: “Global Day of Prayer is a fantastic event. It attracts a very large number of people coming together with tremendous exuberance and a very strong sense of prayer and worship as well.”

He added: “For me it’s the basis for future service to the community. What I want to see is more people coming to serve their communities from the starting point of prayer and worship. That’s the kind of celebration we will be taking part in at the Global Day of Prayer. So for me that’s one of the really exciting things about Global Day of Prayer what it means about future service to our city and people moving on from what happens at the day itself.”

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  1. David Blakelock

    June 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I think whoever wrote this needs to be careful as it is in contempt of court. I’d be taking it down and rewriting it so that it adheres to UK laws.

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