Injured Emirati sisters lose London hotel attack court case

Injured Emirati sisters lose London hotel attack court case
Image courtesy: Cumberland Hotels
Published: 23 June 2019 - 8:15 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen

Three Emirati sisters who were grievously injured by a hammer-wielding attacker at a London hotel, have lost their case against the property.

Sisters Fatima, Khulood and Ohoud Al Najjar who are from Abu Dhabi, sued the hotel claiming that security at the property was inadequate, which allowed the attacker to reach the upper floors without getting stopped by security.

However, the hotel owner of the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch, denied responsibility for the incident.

According to a report by The National, Justice Dingemans said that the property was not responsible for the attack as it had taken practical steps to protect guests from criminal acts of third parties.

The sisters were attacked by Philip Spence, who entered their hotel room on the seventh floor.

The perpetrator roamed around several floors of the hotel before entering the sisters’ room which was unlocked and carried out the attack.

The attacker left one of the sisters Ohoud al-Najjar, “profoundly disabled” after he hit her six times with a hammer. She has been left with just 5% brain function, can no longer speak and can only see out of one eye.

The other two sisters Khuloud and Fatima, suffer a range of symptoms as a consequence of the attacks, which include epilepsy and behavioural disturbances, The National reported.

According to reports, Justice Dingemans said that while the attack could be predicted by the hotel, the probability of such a violent attack occurring was “very low”.

The hotel argued that the sisters were guilty of “contributory negligence” because Sheikha had left the door open, allowing Spence to enter.

The sisters’ legal team said it was considering an appeal against the judgement.

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