|Survivor calls on minister to
order a full public inquiry
Special report by
RICHARD OSLEY and DAN CARRIER: Independent inquiry into Camden
Ripper murder spree says only the killer is to blame for deaths
A WOMAN who survived an attack by Anthony Hardy has renewed her
calls for a public inquiry into the case and has revealed
for the first time how she managed to escape after Hardy tried to
strangle her in her home, writes Dan Carrier.
Killer Anthony Hardy
Survivor Tina Harvey
Victims Bridgitte MacClennan (above) and Elizabeth Valad
Speaking at the publication of the report, Tina Harvey, 41, said
she wanted Hardy to be tried for attempted murder after he assaulted
her. She criticised the report which said Hardy was not suffering
from mental illness, and also brandished a letter to the health
secretary Patricia Hewitt calling on her to look into the care Hardy
She said: How they can say he was not mad when he attacked
me and killed those other women, I just dont know.
I looked into his eyes and they were crazed they went
yellow, and he looked like an animal.
Ms Harvey, who has been diagnosed as suffering from post traumatic
stress disorder following her ordeal, revealed she had been working
as a masseuse in Northampton when Hardy first contacted her.
She had advertised her services as a glamour model and masseuse
in Phoenix, an adult contacts magazine, in 2000.
She said: Hardy found the advert and called me up. But I told
him I no longer worked as a model.
However, Hardy began to ring her regularly and Ms Harvey
said she finally gave in and agreed to meet him.
She said: He pestered me and pestered me to come to my house
She continued: We agreed a fee of £80 for an hours
massage and I took him up to a room I kitted out for my work.
She lit candles and put on soothing dolphin music before starting
her massage. But within minutes Hardy had turned from a quiet customer
into a raging madman.
Ms Harvey continued: I had made it clear that this was simply
a massage, nothing else. I had my bondage gear I use for photographs
on display in the room heels and spiky tops but I
did not use them.
She continued: As I was massaging him, he suddenly grabbed
me. He whipped me over on to my back and rolled on top of me.
Hardy began to crush her chest with his bulk and throttled
She continued: He was saying how he wanted to make me bleed
and he bit my private parts.
As she looked into Hardys eyes, she said she knew she was
looking into the eyes of a killer.
She added: I suddenly realised, as the pressure on my throat
got worse, that he was trying to kill me. I thought: I am not going
to let my life end like this.
Mustering all her strength, she managed to wriggle a leg free and
squirm away from his powerful grip. The pair fell on to the floor
and suddenly Hardy, who moments before had been manic, calmed
down. She continued: He acted as if nothing had happened.
I was petrified and shaking. I threw his clothes at him and ordered
him out. He did not say a word. He just got up and left.
A shaken Ms Harvey said: I did not go to the police because
of my background. I simply did not think they would take me seriously.
It was only when she saw Hardys face on the news after his
arrest in January 2003 that she realised how lucky she had been.