Attacked pensioner Emma Winnall dies in hospital

By Laura Payne 29/05 Updated: 05/06 12:45

Emma Winnall with her husband. (s)

EMMA Winnall, the 93-year-old left badly beaten after being attacked in her home, has died in hospital.

The pensioner suffered a fractured skull and broken arm in the attack at her home at Pensby Close in Moseley and had been in intensive care since May 1.

The police have now launched a murder inquiry.

Mrs Winnall died at 4.25am today (Tuesday) as a result of complications arising from her injuries and a post mortem will take place today to determine the exact cause of her death.

Head of major crime, Superintendent Richard Baker, said: "This is desperately sad news and our condolences go out to Emma's family and friends.

"Clearly, this has now become a murder inquiry. But given the extent of Emma's injuries, combined with her age and vulnerability, this investigation has always been treated with the same level of seriousness as a murder investigation."

A 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man from Hall Green were arrested in connection with the assault and remain on bail.

Officers are still appealing for people who have information to contact them.

Supt Baker 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."

A reward of £5,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers to anyone who provides information which leads to a conviction.

Widow Mrs Winnall was attacked in her bed overnight between Monday April 30 and Tuesday May 1.

Supt Baker said: "We were able to speak to Mrs Winnall in hospital on two occasions in the days following her ordeal; the information she provided continues to form part of our investigation.

"We have a team of detectives working on the case and we are determined to catch whoever is responsible.

"This case has touched communities across the West Midlands and beyond with countless offers of support, plus gifts and flowers, being made to both Emma and her family."

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.

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