Fatima Al Najjar, 36, Ohoud Al Najjar, 37, and Khulood Al Najjar, 39, were visiting London from the United Arab Emirates and staying in adjoining rooms along with other family members including children at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch, in April 2014.
‘Hotel creeper’ Philip Spence, who had a history of sneaking into hotel rooms to steal, walked into the room where family was staying in the middle of the night.
He started looking through our stuff to steal them, he took iPads, phones and precious jewellery into a suitcase he found in the room.
When Khulood woke up after she heard footsteps and found stranger in their room, she call out to her sister in the connecting room. Spence battered the three women with a claw hammer. He continued the assault on Ohoud after she became unconscious.
Spence fled the scene with a stolen suitcase stuffed with valuables including iPads, a white Cartier diamond encrusted watch worth £12,000, Louis Vuitton jewellery and mobile phones, and dumped the claw hammer just outside the hotel.
He also took white and yellow gold Rolex watch and a diamond studded watch recently given to Fatima. A white Cartier diamond encrusted watch worth £12,000, a black watch also embellished with diamonds worth around £3,000 and Louis Vuitton jewellery were never seen again.
Ohoud, cannot speak and has lost an eye, Khulood left in a wheelchair, had 20 operations to rebuild her head and face while Fatima can no longer taste or smell and now has problems with her memory.
CCTV footage captured Spence on a bus examining items he had stolen from the women. Spence was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and was initially jailed for a minimum of 18 years, but this was increased to 27 years by appeal judges.
The family, from Abu Dhabi, wanted to release the pictures of Ohoud before and after the attack to highlight the devastating injuries she suffered.