THE SAVAGE beating, shocking pictures and subsequent death of pensioner Emma Winnall sent shockwaves across the region.
But three years after the 93-year-old was viciously set upon as she lay in her bed in Pensby Close on the border of Hall Green, detectives are still trying to find her killer.
Emma was attacked on on the night of April 30/May 1, 2012 and died in hospital a month later from her injuries – a fractured skull and broken arm.
Police have left Emma’s case open following a Coroner’s inquest last year but are still no closer to solving the crime or catching the person who beat her to death.
Speaking after the Inquest West Midlands Police said: “We have just completed the coroner’s file and are now referring it for the inquest into Mrs Winnall ’s death to be held.
“We are completing a situation report, the case will stay open and it will lie on file pending new information, intelligence or forensics developments that could help us take the investigation further.”
Detectives were able to speak to Emma in hospital on two occasions in the days following her ordeal and the information she provided continues to form part of the investigation.
Speaking just after the attack in 2012 DI Buck Rogers said: “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.
“I’m asking people to search their consciences and if they have any suspicions about who maybe responsible to contact police.
“We remain determined to catch whoever is responsible for Emma’s death and believe the answer lies within the local community.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.