Family appeal over brutal attack on innocent pensioner

By Chris Willmott 10/05 Updated: 11/05 12:30

Emma Winnall was attacked as she slept. (s)

THIS is the sickening image of 94-year-old Emma Winnall who was brutally attacked as she slept in her bed.

The pensioner was left seriously injured by the unprovoked and vicious attack in Pensby Close in Moseley, on the border of Hall Green.

Her family - including son John Winnall from Solihull - have spoken of their heartache at seeing their battered, bruised and bloodied mum lying in her hospital bed in a bid to catch the 'vicious and senseless' thug responsible.

The attack - carried out with an unknown weapon as innocent Mrs Winnall slept in her bed - left her with a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist, partially severed finger and other multiple injuries.

She is still seriously ill and sedated in hospital having undergone emergency surgery.

Daughter Joyce Blencoe said it was a 'horrific nightmare' to see the extent of her injuries.

She added: "To see your own mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare.

"It broke my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum tell me how she screamed for help but no-one came.

"Please, if anyone knows what happened, if they have any suspicions that certain people may be involved, then please come forward. Don't let it happen to anyone else."

A £5,000 reward is now being offered for any information which helps bring the violent attacker to justice.

Several names have been suggested by members of the public to detectives as potential suspects.

However, a motive for the 'senseless' attack remains unclear.

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal, said: "This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed.

"No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting – I'm asking people to look into their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who may be responsible to contact police."

Items of Mrs Winnall's clothing have been taken from her home and sent away for fast-track DNA analysis, while forensics experts are assessing the great-grandmother's injuries to try and determine what implement may have caused them.

Det Chief Insp Johal, added: "We don't believe anything was stolen during the attack but only Mrs Winnall will be able to tell us for definite and she is likely to remain in hospital for some time yet.

"We have in excess of 20 detectives working on the case and we are determined to catch whoever is responsible."

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on the new 101 number or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Emma Winnall's daughter Joyce Blencoe and son John Winnall join Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal (left) at West Midlands Police HQ to appeal for information on the sickening attack. s

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