Hotel hammer attack victim 'left with 5% brain function'

  • 12 April 2014
  • From the section London
Cumberland Hotel Image copyright PA
Image caption The three victims were tourists from the United Arab Emirates on a visit to London

One of the victims of a hammer attack at a London hotel has been left with 5% brain function and has lost her left eye, police said.

The woman, from the United Arab Emirates, was attacked with her two sisters in their room at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch on 6 April.

Philip Spence, 32, of no fixed abode, has been remanded in custody charged with three counts of attempted murder.

He also appeared in court charged with one count of aggravated burglary.

He is due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 17 April.

Facial injuries

A Met Police spokesman said the main victim had suffered life threatening head and facial injuries, and had lost her left eye and significant quantities of blood.

Doctors have assessed that she has 5% brain function, although her other organs are in good working order, the spokesman added.

Another sister suffered two fractures to her skull, a broken left arm and a fracture to her cheekbone and is expected to remain in hospital for a considerable time.

The third sister has a fracture to her skull and a ruptured left eardrum. She was released from hospital on 8 April but readmitted on 9 April with severe head pains.

Mr Spence appeared in custody with Thomas Efremi, 56, of Upper Handa Walk, Islington.

Mr Efremi has been charged with handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation.

Shopping and sightseeing

A third man, James Moss, 33, of Hanley Road, north London, has been charged with handling stolen goods.

Mr Efremi and Mr Moss were also remanded to appear at crown court on the same date as Mr Spence.

Carly Baker, 31, also of Hanley Road, was charged with handling stolen goods and will appear in court on Tuesday.

A 34-year-old man, who was also arrested over the attack, has been bailed to return in May.

The sisters, who had come to London for shopping and sightseeing, arrived in the UK between 3-5 April.

The Cumberland Hotel is near Europe's busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, and has 1,000 rooms including a Jimi Hendrix suite.

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