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Woman died after 'brutal attack'

Ada Hopkinson
Ada Hopkinson died in February 2008

A woman died aged 97 three years after a brutal attack at her Staffordshire home, a court has heard.

Prosecutor Alan Conrad QC told Stafford Crown Court Ada Hopkinson never fully regained consciousness after the 2005 attack and died in hospital in 2008.

Her daughter Pat Davis told the jury she found her mother lying on the floor at her home, her face covered in blood.

Benjamin Brough, 21, of Leek, who has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, denies murder.

The court heard that Mrs Hopkinson lived alone at her home in Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Brough was 17 when he attacked her in March 2005 during a burglary, the court heard. He was convicted in May 2006 over the attack.

'Horrendous sight'

Mr Conrad, for the prosecution, said Mrs Hopkinson, who died in February 2008, had suffered numerous and dreadful injuries during a brutal attack.

Ada Hopkinson after the attack
Photos of Ada Hopkinson's injuries were shown to the court

"Put simply, the assault caused her death," he said.

Her daughter Mrs Davis told the court her mother had been a "remarkable woman" who cooked and shopped for herself at the age of 94.

Mrs Davis said she saw her mother shortly before the attack, but got no response the next morning when she telephoned about taking her out for coffee.

Mrs Davis said she went round to her mother's house and found her lying on the hall floor with her face and head covered in dried blood.

"It was a horrendous sight", she told the jury.

She added: "I didn't think anyone could possibly survive a beating like that."

Photographs of Mrs Hopkinson's injuries were shown to the jury.

One juror was discharged after breaking down when she saw the photos and the case will continue with a jury of 11.

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