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  • 12 April 2014, 19:06

London Hammer Attack Woman Loses Left Eye

One of the victims of a hammer attack in a London hotel has lost her left eye and has severe brain injuries, police have said.

Doctors have assessed she has just 5% brain function and she remains in a critical condition.

The woman was one of three sisters attacked at the four-star Cumberland Hotel, near Oxford Street, in the early hours of last Sunday.

The victims, who were on a family holiday from the United Arab Emirates, are still in hospital - although two of the women are in a less serious condition.

One sister has two fractures to her skull, a fracture to her cheekbone and a broken left arm and a fracture to her cheekbone.

The third victim has a fractured skull and a ruptured eardrum.

Philip Spence, 32, appeared in court on Saturday charged with three counts of attempted murder and was remanded in custody.

Spence, of Hounslow, also faces a count of aggravated burglary.

Three other people have been charged in connection with the attack.

Thomas Efremi, 56, of Islington, north London, is charged with handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation.

James Moss, 33, of Finsbury Park, north London, is charged with receiving stolen goods.

They were both remanded in custody and will next appear in court with Spence on April 17.

CarlyBaker, 31, of FinsburyPark, north London, is also accused of handling stolen goods and has been bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on April 15.

A fifth person, aged 34, has also been bailed pending further inquiries.

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