A court in the UK on Thursday jailed a Nigerian woman for 21 years over a failed attempt to kill a 90-year old widow and steal her £30,000.
Abosede Adeyinka, 52, who wore a lace disguise over her face when she committed the crime in April, was said to have convictions dating back to the 1990s for offences of assault, burglary and theft from an employer.
According to Mailonline, Adeyinka attacked Pamela Batten, 90, with a knife and a hammer after her husband Ernest had hidden the cash in bags at their home in Yiewsley, west London.
Batten was stabbed in the neck during the attack on April 27 this year and was only saved by an emergency surgery at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
Adeyinka was the carer for Batten’s husband Ernest from 2013 until his death in October last year, a court heard.
After Ernest passed away, Adeyinka went to the widow’s home and knocked her to the floor.
Mrs Batten told the court, “She tried to hit me with a hammer
“Nobody suggested it but I did wonder myself – I still wonder why.”
Following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, a jury convicted Adeyinka of attempted murder.
She was cleared of possessing a kitchen knife after jurors could not be sure she took the blade with her.
Adeyinka shook her head in disbelief as the verdicts were given and wept loudly as Judge Peter Clarke, QC, said she had shown ‘a complete lack of remorse’.
Adeyinka was said to have convictions dating back to the 1990s for offences of assault, burglary and theft from an employer.
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.”
Jailing Adeyinka for 21 years Judge Peter Clarke, QC, said: “Pamela Batten was mentally sprightly and six months after his death she still had no idea that her husband had squirrelled away over £30,000 in cash around the house.
“From what you did on 27 April, there is every reason to believe that you knew more about that money than Mrs. Batten did.
“You visited her about three times after her husband’s death and, although she had reservations about your motives, Mrs. Batten was pleased to have the company even though her son religiously visited her every day.”
Clark added, “Although you were wearing a lace disguise over your face, I am satisfied on her evidence that she called you by name.
“It was at that moment that you resorted to your second plan. You bundled that 90-year-old woman into her front hall and took out a seven-inch hammer from your handbag, smashing that lady’s skull with at least two blows.’
Speaking after the court hearing, investigating officer DC James Harbour 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.”
– Punch Newspaper