Nicole Farhi ‘strangled on her doorstep’

Designer was attacked in her own London driveway

Fashion designer Nicole Farhi was threatened with a knife and strangled until she passed out in a doorstep attack, a court heard yesterday.

Brothers Daniel and Matthew Mykoo formed a ‘strangler robber team’, with Daniel suffocating her and Matthew brandishing a knife.

They got away with her £8,000 diamond ring, cash and a Rolex watch, despite her pleading to keep it as it had sentimental value.

Miss Farhi, 62, lost consciousness as she was attacked from behind in the drive of her home in Hampstead, north west London, in April last year.

The designer was  one of several professional women singled out, stalked and attacked by the brothers last summer. They allegedly terrorised the wealthiest parts of London, including Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill, driving around scouting for well-dressed glamorous women on their way out for the evening to target.

Some were attacked on the street, others in front of their homes. About a dozen were knocked unconscious during the robberies.

In Farhi‘s case, the thieves fled after her husband, playwright Sir David Hare, heard the commotion from inside the house and chased them down the road.

John Carmichael, prosecuting, told Wood Green Crown Court: ‘Some 17 lone women and one man, the crown say, have been attacked and robbed by the brothers Daniel and Matthew Mykoo.

Daniel, 29, has admitted 18 counts of robbery, but Matthew, 27, has pleaded not guilty.

The case continues.

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