Uphadya Bandara - Yorkshire Ripper Victim
On the 24th September 1980 Uphadya Bandara, a 35 year old doctor from Singapore, was attacked with a hammer in Leeds after which an attempt was made to strangle her with a piece of cord.
For some unknown reason this attack was not completed and the victim was taken to hospital where she recovered from her injuries. She was unable to offer any precise information about her attacker, except to say that he had a close-cropped beard.
Detective Superintendent Newton took charge of the investigation which was supervised from a major incident room in Pudsey Police Station. Although this crime was not officially linked with the Ripper series it was linked with the murder of Marguerite Walls in which strangulation had been the cause of death.