Hotel hammer attack man’s sentence increased

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 A man who brutally attacked three sisters with a claw hammer at the Cumberland Hotel in April last year, has had his jail sentence increased.

Philip Spence was convicted in October of three counts of attempted murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years.
The Court of Appeal ruled that he must now serve a minimum of 27 years.

The attack on the three sisters was so brutal that it left one of the victims with 5% brain function, lost sight in one eye and lost her ability to speak.

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The three judges sitting in the appeal court said: "It seems highly improbable that he will, after the expiry of 27 years, or indeed ever, be safe for release."

At the time of this first trial, Spence admitted the attack but denied attempted murder.

The court heard how he hit Ohoud Al-Najjar with such force her skull split open as her nine-year-old nephew was next to her in bed.

Her sisters Khulood and Fatima were both left with life-threatening injuries and still require medical treatment.

 

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