A nurse confronted one of the London Bridge attackers, asking what was wrong with him, before being stabbed in the neck, an inquest has heard.
Helen Kennett told the Old Bailey she had tried to help Alexandre Pigeard who was fatally wounded but he told her, “no, just run”.
She then addressed the knifeman, who was stabbing people at random on 3 June 2017.
He replied, “no, what’s wrong with you?” before wounding her.
“I was convinced I was going to die but I didn’t want to die there,” Ms Kennett told the court.
“I wanted to die round the corner with my family.”
Ms Kennett described the eyes of her attacker as “empty”, “soulless” and “evil”.
She was giving evidence to an inquest being held for the eight people, including Mr Pigeard, who were killed by three men who drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people in and around Borough Market.
Mr Pigeard, 26, died of his injuries after being attacked at Boro Bistro, the restaurant he worked in.
Another witness saw the waiter being attacked as she celebrated a friend’s birthday.
Andzelika Abokaityte said she saw the “evil and smiling” attacker grab hold of Mr Pigeard before stabbing him from behind.
“I remember thinking: ‘I’m going to die’,” she told the court.