Attacked 6th April 2014
Three women have been attacked by a man with a hammer at the Cumberland Hotel, in London on 6th April 2014 leaving one fighting for her life. The attacker fled the scene.
The three women, all sisters, were taken to central London hospitals with head injuries after the assault in the early hours of 6th April 2014. The most severely injured woman has life-threatening injuries and was placed in a medically induced coma. Reports suggest she has lost an eye and only has 5% of brain function. Another sister has 2 fractures to her skull, a broken arm and fracture to her cheekbone. The third sister has a fractured skull and a ruptured left eardrum.
All three victims were from the United Arab Emirates and in their 30s. They had been on a shopping trip.
Police said the man entered a room on the seventh floor of the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch where the three women and three children were sleeping. It is believed the suspect was disturbed and the women were then hit about the face and head with a hammer. The police said a hammer had been recovered from the scene. A thousand pounds worth of property was stolen and £3,000 subsequently withdrawn from one of the victim’s bank accounts.
The attack is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police murder investigation team. which is attached to the Homicide and Major Crime Command. The police said they are treating the attack as attempted murder.
The spokesperson said detectives were trying to find out if the attacker was known to the victims.
Subsequent reports indicate a man called Philip Spence has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. He has also been charged with aggravated burglary. Three other people, two men and a woman, have been charged with receiving or handling stolen goods.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mirror and the BBC.