Tuesday 20 August 2019

Man charged with attempted murder of D-Day veteran (96) in suspected 'claw hammer' attack

Jim Booth pictured dancing with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2015 Picture: Press Association
Jim Booth pictured dancing with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2015 Picture: Press Association

Caroline Mortimer

A man has been charged with aggravated burglary and the attempted murder of a D-Day veteran, who was seriously injured in a suspected claw hammer attack.

Jim Booth who has been described as an “exceptional person” and a “legend” by his family, was allegedly attacked at his home in Gipsy Lane in Taunton, Somerset, on Wednesday afternoon.

Joseph Isaacs (39) of no fixed address, was charged in connection with the incident on Sunday and will appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Issacs allegedly posed as a cold caller when he arrived on the doorstep of Mr Booth’s home and asked if he needed any work done.

When he was refused he allegedly began attacking the 96-year-old.

Mr Booth managed to raise the alarm with a neighbour and was rushed to hospital where he was described as in a “potentially life-threatening” condition.

It is believed a claw hammer was used to attack Mr Booth who suffered serious injuries to his head and body.

In a statement released through Avon and Somerset Police on Saturday, Mr Booth’s family thanked officers and medical staff, who they said had been “deeply affected” by the incident.

“He is the head of the family, a dearly-loved father to his four children and adored by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom he’s simply known as The Legend,” they said.

“He is, and always has been, our own family hero. Our father is not easily defeated and he grows a little stronger each day.

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