Emma Winnall: Re-Appeal To Catch Her Killer

A year after the death of Birmingham pensioner Emma Winnall police are renewing their appeal to help catch her killer.

The 93-year-old was savagely beaten as she lay in her bed in Pensby Close in Moseley on 1 May 2012 - she died from her injuries a month later, having suffered a fractured skull and a broken arm.

Emma’s daughter, Joyce Blencoe joined Detective Inspector Buck Rogers on Tuesday the 11th of June to appeal to the public to search their conscience for any information which would assist the investigation and come forward.

“Every day I get up and remember what happened and what it was like to find her and it’s just constant. It was not a nice way to find anyone, let alone your 93-year-old mum, I just can’t comprehend it, I still can’t believe that it happened." she said. “I have every faith in the police getting someone, but want it sooner rather than later."

The motive for the attack still remains unclear as nothing appeared to have been stolen and the house was largely undisturbed, but officers believe that the answer lies within the community.

DI Rogers is appealing for the public to cast their minds back to the evening of Monday 30 April.

He said: “Did you see anything suspicious in or around Pensby Close? Did anybody you know behave differently around that time? I would urge anyone who has any information, no matter how small they think it is, to contact police in the strictest confidence.

“We remain determined to catch whoever is responsible for Emma’s death. This was a shocking attack on a defenceless, elderly woman as she slept in her own bed. No-one capable of carrying out such a despicable attack deserves protecting."

Joyce made a direct appeal to the person responsible for the attack on her mother. She said: “Come forward, if you’re the person who did it - own up, let your conscience be clear."

A reward of up to £10,000 is still available to anyone who provides information which leads to a conviction.

Detectives were able to speak to Emma in hospital on two occasions in the days following her ordeal, the information she provided continues to form part of the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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