Emirati woman attacked in London hotel burglary has 5pc brain function left

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 April, 2014, 6:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 2014, 6:00am


An Emirati woman attacked in her London hotel in a suspected burglary last weekend lost an eye and has been left with only 5 per cent of her brain function.

The woman and her two sisters, all from the United Arab Emirates, were brutally attacked with a hammer in their room at the four-star Cumberland Hotel last Sunday. Police said the victims, all in their 30s, were in London for a shopping trip.

"The main victim lost her left eye and significant quantities of blood," Detective Inspector Adam Ghaboos said.

"Doctors have assessed that she has 5 per cent brain function, although her other organs are in good working function."

Another sister suffered two fractures to her skull, a broken left arm and a fractured cheekbone, and is to undergo two operations in the coming week.

The third sister has a fracture to her skull and a ruptured left eardrum. She was released from hospital on Tuesday but was readmitted the following day with severe head pains.

Property worth more than £1,000 (HK$13,000) was taken and withdrawals totalling £3,000 were made on one of the victims' bank cards.

Philip Spence, a 32-year-old man from London who is accused of the attack, is in police custody.