Carer jailed for smash­ing el­derly woman’s skull

VIC­TIM WAS THEN STABBED IN THE THROAT

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

A CARER who smashed the skull of a 90-year-old woman with a sev­eninch ham­mer and stabbed her in the throat has been jailed for 21 years for at­tempted mur­der.

Abosede Adeyinka, 52, was handed the prison term at Black­fri­ars Crown Court on Thurs­day fol­low­ing the at­tack on 90-year-old Pamela Bat­ten at her home in Yiewsley.

She was the for­mer carer of Ms Bat­ten’s late hus­band Ernest.

Adeyinka, of Hay­man Cres­cent, Hayes, was con­victed by a jury at the court on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 1, fol­low­ing eight days of ev­i­dence at a trial af­ter the de­fen­dant pleaded not guilty.

Born in Wool­wich, but raised in Nige­ria, Adeyinka re­turned to the UK as an adult. The court heard she was pre­vi­ously con­victed while aged in her late 20s and 30s on ac­tual bod­ily harm and bur­glary charges.

She had worked as a Sun­day school teacher, ed­u­cat­ing more than 30 young chil­dren in London, and had pre­vi­ously worked at St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in an ad­min­is­tra­tive role for sev­eral years.

The carer was heard sob­bing in the dock as the judge de­liv­ered his sen­tence.

Judge Peter Clarke QC said: “You went to Pamela Bat­ten’s house and rang the bell or knocked on the door but there was no an­swer.

“There was a long de­lay so you went to the keysafe for which you knew the com­bi­na­tion.

“You thought you were go­ing into an empty house, which shows your in­ten­tions.”

Ear­lier the court was told that Ms Bat­ten’s hus­band, who Adeyinka had cared for be­fore his death, had “squir­reled away a sum of over £30,000 in cash around his house that Ms Bat­ten was not aware of”.

“Even though you were wear­ing a lace dis­guise, Pamela Bat­ten tes­ti­fied to the court that she called your name, so you im­ple­mented your sec­ond plan,” the judge said.

“You took out a seven-inch ham­mer, smash­ing her skull with at least two blows.

“You must have been car­ry­ing that ham­mer with you on your calls as just 15 min­utes pre­vi­ously you were look­ing af­ter another el­derly woman.

“The jury could not be sure that you took a knife to the house, but you used it at close range, leav­ing a wound five cen­time­tres into her throat.”

“The wound reached close to her spine and sev­ered a small artery near her spine,” Judge Clark added.

“You then en­tered her liv­ing room to get her hand­bag and at this point both you and Ms Bat­ten were cov­ered in her blood.

“Pamela Bat­ten, showing pres­ence of mind, told you her son, who vis­its her ev­ery day re­li­giously, would be vis­it­ing her soon.”

The judge said Adeyinka then fled the scene, leav­ing Ms Bat­ten with her “head ly­ing over the thresh­old of her home”.

“You are then seen on CCTV calmly board­ing a bus to go home,” the judge added.

“A vas­cu­lar sur­geon said that she had just one hour to live if she had not re­ceived im­me­di­ate sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

“You have shown not an iota of re­morse in this court­room as you doggedly and vig­or­ously de­nied the case against you.

“Your crime was for gain on an es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble vic­tim over whom you pre­vi­ously had a duty of care and she will live all her last days in con­stant fear.”

Adeyinka, who had been qui­etly sob­bing and pray­ing as the judge spoke, screamed “I didn’t do it”, fol­lowed by loud sobs and pleas.

She was dis­missed but her screams could be heard in the court­room for sev­eral min­utes.

The judge con­cluded the case by thank­ing the ju­rors for their pub­lic ser­vice.

Abosede Adeyinka

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