Jailed: Phillip Spence, of Abbeyfields Close, Harlesden
 

The man who launched a brutal attack on three sisters with a claw hammer as they slept in a hotel room has been jailed.

Phillip Spence, of Abbeyfields Close, Harlesden, crept into the Cumberland Hotel in the early hours of Sunday, April 6, in an attempt to steal from the family.

But when one of them woke after he made his way into their room, he unleashed a savage attack on sisters Khulood, Fatima and Ohoud Al-Najjar, who were on holiday in London from the United Arab Emirates for a family holiday.

Such was the violence of the attack, Fatima suffered multiple skull fractures, and Khulood underwent emergency neurosurgery for multiple skull fractures.

Ohoud was hit with such force that her skull was split open and she is never expected to recover from her injuries.

Philip Spence spotted in the bus after the brutal attack
 

She lost part of her brain, and can no longer speak and has had to have one eye removed.

The alarm was raised by the fourth sister who returned to the room to find her sisters injured and nieces and nephew covered in blood.

The emergency services arrived shortly after and described a ‘horrendous’ scene.

In an impact statement from Khulood, which was read to the court, she said: “I am simply not myself anymore. I feel very lonely and have lay in a hospital bed without my sister, children and family. I am extremely upset and emotional. I cannot sleep for anxiety and flashbacks of the sounds of my children screaming.

“When that man attacked myself and my sisters, and stole our belongings, he took far more than our property; he took away our futures, things that I had planned; dreams that I had for my family and children.”

Spence appeared on Monday at Southwark Crown Court, and was sentenced to 18 years.

He was sentenced with Neofitos “Thomas” Efremi, 57, from Islington, north London, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and James Moss, 34, who pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Thomas Efremi
 

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, of the Metropolitan Police Service, said:”The seriousness of Philip Spence’s crime is reflected in the sentence he has received today.

“He will now have plenty of time to think about the consequences of his actions during the early hours of April 6, at the Cumberland Hotel, when he changed the lives of a family forever.

“It is unimaginable the terror they must have felt when they woke to find him in their room.

“The level of violence Spence chose to use was extraordinary, and completely unnecessary for him to steal, as he had set out to do that night.”