The daughter of a frail 93-year-old battered to death by a brutal raider in Birmingham wept as she appealed for help to find the killer.
Joyce Blencoe said she had endured an “awful” year knowing the thug who took her mother Emma Winnall’s life had never faced justice.
The grandmother-of-seven died in hospital on May 29 last year, a month after she suffered a string of appalling injuries in a savage attack launched as she lay in her bed at her Moseley home. Police have never been able to identify a motive.
Mrs Blencoe, aged 57, said: “It has been a truly awful 12 months knowing the person who did this has not been caught. You go day-by-day waiting and hope for a phone call to say: ‘We have someone.’
“To see my mum battered and covered in blood was the most horrific nightmare.
“I want anyone who knows who it was, or who has any information, to come forward so we can bring some kind of justice for mum. If fear is stopping somebody coming forward, I know the police can look after them. Please come forward.”
Mrs Winnall was attacked in her flat in Pensby Close, Moseley, between April 30 and May 1 last year. She suffered injuries including a fractured skull, a broken arm and wrist, and a partially-severed finger.
A 56-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of assault but were later released without charge. A £10,000 reward, put up by the Crimestoppers charity and Birmingham-born advertising guru Trevor Beattie for information leading to an arrest and conviction, still stands.
Det Insp Buck Rogers, who is leading the murder hunt, said: “We remain as committed today as we were 12 months ago to bring the offender to justice.
“This was a despicable and horrific attack on an elderly lady in her own bed, in her own home.
“Somebody out there has information, or knows who is responsible. I would ask that person to look carefully at their conscience.
“Any information will be dealt in confidence and we have measures in place to protect witnesses. I am confident that we will bring the person to justice.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.