A 32 year old man, Philip Spence was today, (October 6, 2014) arraigned in court for brutally battering three sisters who came to London to see the sights with a claw hammer as they slept in their hotel beds.
Their heads were smashed with the hammer and their skulls splintered and fractured, the jury at Southwark crown court was told.
Spence allegedly carried out the attack in full view of the sisters’ children, with a boy aged nine left “cowering under the sheets” and his 11-year-old sister’s nightclothes spattered with blood.
Prosecutor Simon Mayo QC said Spence then fled with a suitcase of valuables and within an hour £5,000 had been withdrawn by using a stolen bankcard.
He has admitted three charges of grievous bodily harm but has pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder.