Sick attack on 94-year-old woman as she slept in bed

By Chris Willmott 04/05 Updated: 10/05 09:41

Emma Winnall was attacked as she slept. (s)

POLICE are urging people help to trace the person who sneaked into a 94-year-old woman's home and then beat her as she slept.

Emma Winnall, from Pensby Close in Moseley, on the border of Hall Green, was assaulted in her own bed overnight between Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1.

The attack 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, including having metal plates inserted into her arm.

Detectives investigating the incident have so far been unable to determine a motive for the attack.

West Midlands Police Detective Chief Inspector Sarb Johal, said: "She suffered very nasty injuries and ones which, given her age, could well have been life threatening.

"She is showing signs of improvement in hospital; our thoughts are with her and hopefully she will make a full recovery.

"Mrs Winnall's daughter has asked us to issue an image of her mother in hospital showing the extent of her injuries in the hope it will stir consciences and persuade anyone with information to contact us."

The victim's carer raised the alarm at 9am on Tuesday morning but the attack could have occurred at any time from 9pm the previous night.

Det Chief Insp Johal added: "This is a truly sickening attack on a defenceless, frail lady as she slept in her own home.

"Mrs Winnall had nothing of note to steal.

"It was a senseless assault and I'd urge anyone with suspicions about who may be responsible to get in touch straight away.

"I'm sure the answer to this vicious assault lies in our local communities so we're appealing for help to try and trace the offender."

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on the 101 number or the independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

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