A mother and daughter remain in intensive care in a London hospital after being savagely attacked with a hammer in what has been described as an unprovoked act of violence in New Eltham, south-east London on Sunday.
The younger of the victims has been identified after her employee released a statement Monday. S&P Global, a Canary Wharf financial services firm said colleagues of the woman are “extremely shocked and saddened” at the attack on 30-year-old Ania Gos.
A Polish national, Ms Gos worked at the firm in business support and is a graduate of King’s College London and the University of Lodz, Poland, reports the Evening Standard. Her mother is reported to have been visiting London from Poland when the attack took place.
Police arrested 27-year-old Joe Xuereb after an appeal for witnesses Sunday, a near-neighbour of Ms Gos who, it is alleged, set upon the women with a hammer and “smashed them in the head”, reports the Daily Mail. The man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.
A witness told the paper the pair had been so savagely beaten with the hammer, one of the women’s faces was “hanging off”, and despite having lived in the same building as Ms Gos for several years, he did not immediately recognise her because of the wounds.
Police say they believe a hammer recovered at the scene may have been used in the attack.