A woman wielding a hammer sneaked into Jade Goody's hospital room yesterday as she slept. The Big Brother star, who is terminally ill, woke to find the woman 'chanting and praying' over her and screamed out in terror.
Miss Goody, 27, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August and had returned to hospital in London after experiencing agonising pain.
But when her husband, Jack Tweed, left her for a few moments to go to the hospital canteen, the 41-year-old intruder, who is thought to have been lying in wait outside, sneaked into her private room with the hammer.
'Jade was very, very frightened and she screamed out,' said Miss Goody's publicist Max Clifford. 'This woman was inside her room, and Jade told me she was chanting and praying.
'She was on her own for about ten minutes while Jack went downstairs for a cup of tea and that's when she got in.
'As soon as Jade screamed, a nurse came and the woman ran away, but security caught her.
'Jade has told me how scared she was and it had made her really want to go home.
'She had gone back to hospital for a few days to relieve her pain but after this I'm not sure if she'll stay. This is the last thing Jade needs at the moment. It was terrifying for her.' Police were called to the Royal Marsden Hospital, which is in southwest London, and the woman was later arrested for possessing an offensive weapon. Last night she remained in police custody.
Miss Goody was supposed to be resting after her christening on Saturday. Her two sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four, were also christened at the service.