A court in the United Kingdom on Thursday jailed a 52-year-old Nigerian woman for 21 years over a failed attempt to kill a 90-year old widow and steal her £30,000.
The accused, Abosede Adeyinka, a carer of Hayman Crescent, Hayes, was said to have stormed the victim Pam Batten’s home when she was alone in the evening of April 27, 2017, knocking her to the ground before striking her twice with a hammer she had hidden in her handbag.
When Mrs Batten pleaded for mercy, Adeyinka grabbed a kitchen knife and threw it “like a dart”, leaving it embedded in the pensioner’s neck.
She covered her face with a red lace scarf during the shocking attack, but Mrs Batten recognised her immediately as the professional carer who had visited her home three-times-a-week.
It was gathered that Adeyinka left the property after being told the victim’s son was on his way. She was arrested the next day.
Mrs Batten said the horrifying attack has shattered her confidence, making her afraid to be home alone at night or speak to strangers, and terrified she will be attacked again.
Adeyinka denied attempted murder at trial but was later convicted by a jury.
DC James Harbour, the investigating officer from Hillingdon CID, said: “This was a vile and disgusting crime on a defenceless grandmother in her own home. There are so many factors that make this a wicked attack, including a victim who was 90 and the level of violence used. In view of the age of the victim and brutality of the attack I am truly thankful that the victim has been able to recover.
“It is a credit to her that she was able to attend the trial in person and tell the court what had happened to her. I wish to pay tribute to her courage, resolve and integrity; a stark contrast to the behaviour of the defendant, who is now facing a lengthy term in prison.”
She was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, November 2.
The Prosecutor, Kevin Barry, told the court the widow ‘was afraid to go home’ following her discharge from hospital and now needs a zimmer-frame to walk.
He said, “Before the attack, she felt lonely because her husband had died but she was not afraid like she is now, he said.
‘The hammer blows to her head have affected the vision in her right eye which is now blurry.
“Mrs Batten feels that she has changed after the attack. Before it, she was the sort of person who would try to make friends with anyone but now she is frightened if someone speaks to her.”