News – Emma Winnall Story

Emma Winnall Story

The following is a shocking story that hit the headlines during the month of May. It left everybody shocked as news came out that and elderly woman of 93 was attacked whilst sleeping in the bed of her Birmingham home. Emma Winnall suffered a fractured skull, broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger from the horrific attack and after nearly a month of been in a critical but stable condition she died due to complications arising from her injuries. Below is the story as it unfolded on the news and in the headlines. The Original story can be found @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-18001694#story_continues_1.

Elderly Birmingham woman attacked while asleep in bed 4 May 2012 Last updated at 13:36

Emma Winnall, 93, was seriously injured in the horrific attack

Emma Winnall, 93, was seriously injured in the horrific attack

An elderly woman has been badly beaten while she was sleeping in her bed at home in Birmingham.

Emma Winnall, 93, from Pensby Close in Moseley, suffered a fractured skull, broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger.

She is seriously ill in hospital having had emergency surgery, including having metal plates inserted into her arm.

West Midlands Police say the “sickening attack” happened between 21:00 BST on Monday and 09:00 BST on Tuesday.

‘Implement used’

Detectives said the motive for the assault was not clear.

Det Ch Insp Sarb Johal said: “It doesn’t appear anything was stolen from the lady’s home and the interior was largely undisturbed.

“We believe an implement of some sort was used during the assault and our forensics experts are scouring the property in the hope of shedding some light on exactly what happened.”

Mrs Winnall was found by her carer on Tuesday morning.

Her daughter asked the police to release a picture of her injuries in the hope it will prompt anyone with information to get in touch.

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

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

“The attacker may well have mentioned something to a friend or relative, or perhaps someone remembers a person acting oddly that evening or the following morning.

“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.”

Emma Winnall: Bed attack woman interviewed by police

8 May 2012 Last updated at 16:14

A 93-year-old woman who was attacked in her bed has told police she remembers the assault and is “struggling to understand” why she was targeted.

Emma Winnall was interviewed in hospital on Saturday by officers.

She suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger in the attack at her home in Pensby Close, Birmingham.

It happened some time between 21:00 BST on 30 April and 09:00 BST on 1 May, when she was found by her carer.

The attack has been described by detectives as sickening and senseless.

‘Misguided loyalties’

The grandmother has been sedated for much of her time in hospital, where she has had metal plates inserted into her arm.

Det Ch Insp Sab Johal, of West Midlands Police, said: “Officers who are specially trained in interviewing vulnerable victims such as Emma spoke to her as she recovers in hospital.

“While the content of that interview is private, I can say that she can recall the incident and explained just how frightened she was during this senseless attack.

“Like the rest of us, Emma is also really struggling to understand why someone would do this to her.

“She is not a rich woman and has lived in the area a long time. From what we can tell, she was also well liked by neighbours. We need to know who did this to her.

“This is no time for misguided loyalties. If someone knows who did this to Emma, they must tell us.”

Police said there were no signs of a break-in at the house and nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact West Midlands Police or Crimestoppers.

Daughter of attack victim Emma Winnall, 93, appeals for help

9 May 2012 Last updated at 07:53

A 93-year-old woman who was attacked in her bed “screamed for help” but no-one came, her daughter has said.

Emma Winnall suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger at her Birmingham home overnight on 30 April.

Mrs Winnall’s daughter, Joyce Blencoe, said the attack was a “horrific nightmare” and appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

Officers told a news conference the motive remained unclear.

Detectives believe Mrs Winnall was attacked between 21:00 BST and 09:00 BST the next day, when she was found by her carer at her home in Pensby Close.

There were no signs of a break-in at the grandmother’s home and nothing was stolen, police said.

Mrs Blencoe, sitting beside her brother, 63-year-old John Winnall, said: “I’m appealing for your help to find whoever did this.

“To see your mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare”

“It’s broken my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum manage to say that she was screaming for help and no-one came.”

“So someone out there knows who did this. So please come forward before they do it to someone else.”

Det Ch Insp Sarb Johal told the conference: “The level of violence is shocking.”

‘Struggling to understand’

“The injuries she’s sustained would be challenging for someone half her age.”

He said it was not known whether Mrs Winnall was attacked by more than one person or someone acting alone.

“She is not a rich woman and has lived in the area a long time. From what we can tell, she was also well liked by neighbours. We need to know who did this to her,” he said.

“This is no time for misguided loyalties. If someone knows who did this to Emma, they must tell us.”

Mrs Winnall had told police she remembered the assault and was “struggling to understand” why she was targeted. Her condition in hospital is described as stable but critical.

Emma Winnall attack: £5,000 reward offered

A £5,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers for information about an attack on a 93-year-old woman.

Emma Winnall suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger at her Birmingham home overnight on 30 April.

At a news conference on Tuesday her daughter, Joyce Blencoe, said the attack was a “horrific nightmare”.

Mrs Winnall is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, West Midlands Police said.

Det Ch Insp Sab Johal said: “Local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible attack.”
Police said items of Mrs Winnall’s clothing have been sent away for fast-track DNA analysis.

Forensics experts are assessing her injuries to try to determine what implement may have caused them, a spokesman said.

West Midlands Police said the motive for the “senseless” attack remains unclear.

Emma Winnall dies after attack in Birmingham home

29 May 2012 Last updated at 12:54

A 93-year-old woman attacked in her home has died of complications arising from her injuries.

Emma Winnall suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger in the attack in Birmingham overnight on 30 April.

She has been in intensive care since being found at her home in Moseley and died on Tuesday morning.

Two people have been arrested but have been released on bail. Police said it was now a murder inquiry.

Det Supt Richard Baker of West Midlands Police said it was “desperately sad news”.

“Clearly, this has now become a murder inquiry.

No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting”

“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.”

‘Shocking attack’

The arrests made earlier in the inquiry were in connection with assault, he said.

The two people arrested were a 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man from the Hall Green area of Birmingham.

“This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed,” he said.

“No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting.”

He appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

Det Supt Baker said police had been able to speak to Mrs Winnall, a widow, in hospital on two occasions after the attack and the information she provided would form part of the investigation.

Shortly after the attack Mrs Winnall’s daughter, Joyce Blencoe, also asked for the public’s help to finder her mother’s attacker.

“To see your mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare,” she said.

“It’s broken my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum manage to say that she was screaming for help and no-one came.”

A £5,000 reward has been offered by the Crimestoppers charity for information about the attack.

Hopefully justice will be served and the attacker(s) responsible for this horrific nightmare on the defenceless Emma Winnall will be held accountable for their actions. What is the world coming to when we are not even safe in our own homes?????

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