Monday 20 November 2017

Video: Elderly woman (93) savagely attacked in her bed, dies of injuries

Emma Winnall, 93, who was attacked in her home in Moseley, Birmingham, nearly a month ago, died this morning of complications arising from her injuries. Photo: PA
Emma Winnall, 93, who was attacked in her home in Moseley, Birmingham, nearly a month ago, died this morning of complications arising from her injuries. Photo: PA
Emma Winnall's daughter Joyce Blencoe and son John Winnall making a public appeal for information at West Midlands Police HQ, Birmingham. Photo: PA

Matthew Cooper

A 93-YEAR-OLD woman who was subjected to a savage assault in her home has died in hospital.

Emma Winnall, who was attacked in Moseley, Birmingham, nearly a month ago, died at 4.25am today from complications arising from her injuries, West Midlands Police said.



Mrs Winnall, who suffered a fractured skull and broken arm, had been in intensive care since May 1 after being found badly injured in her bed.



Superintendent Richard Baker, Head of Major Crime at West Midlands Police, said: "This is desperately sad news. Our condolences go out to Emma's family and friends.



"Clearly, this has now become a murder inquiry."



Re-appealing for information about the offence, he added: "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."



Given the extent of Mrs Winnall's injuries, her age and her vulnerability, the investigation has always been treated with the same level of seriousness as a murder inquiry, Mr Baker stressed.



Detailed forensic analysis is continuing on items removed from Mrs Winnall's home in Pensby Close, and a Crimestoppers reward of £5,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information which leads to a conviction.



A 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man from the Hall Green of Birmingham were arrested in connection with the offence earlier this month and are due to answer police bail in July.



Mr Baker added: "Two people remain on police bail having been arrested in connection with the assault.



"However, our inquiries continue and I'm still appealing for anyone with information to come forward and speak to us in confidence."



Police have confirmed that officers were able to speak to Mrs Winnall in hospital on two occasions in the days following her ordeal and that the information she provided continues to form part of their investigation.



A post-mortem examination will take place later today to determine the precise cause of the widow's death.



Anyone with information which could assist the inquiry is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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