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Attack victim dies three years on
Ada Hopkinson
Ada Hopkinson was found the next day by family members
A 97-year-old woman who was attacked by a burglar has died nearly three years after the assault, police said.

Ada Hopkinson died on Sunday in hospital in Cheadle, Staffordshire, after never regaining consciousness following the assault in March 2005.

Her attacker Benjamin Brough, 20, was sentenced to 12 years in jail in May 2006 when he was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of wounding.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out on Tuesday.

During his trial, the court heard that Brough, who was 17 at the time of the attack, had broken in to burgle Mrs Hopkinson's end-terraced house in Shirburn Road, Leek.

'Terrible consequences'

He searched upstairs and down and was confronted by Mrs Hopkinson in the hallway.

Brough launched what police called a "vicious assault" on his victim, leaving her with severe facial and head injuries, and fleeing empty-handed.

Mrs Hopkinson was found the next day by family members.

Brough had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In a statement Det Ch Insp Ken Raper said: "Our thoughts and condolences go to Mrs Hopkinson's family, who have had to deal with the terrible consequences of the incident that took place almost three years ago."

SEE ALSO
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