Allister Walker recently prosecuted Perry Redmond, who was found guilty following his trial for attempted murder at Canterbury Crown Court. 

Redmond had befriended a pensioner, who allowed him to live with her while she was visiting her son in Spain. Redmond turned up at her house and asked to borrow money from the pensioner and when she refused Redmond turned violent. He attacked the pensioner with a frying pan. He stopped the attack and went to his camper van and returned with a claw hammer.  He repeatedly hit her in the face and over the head with the claw hammer smashing her nose and teeth. Redmond then walked away leaving his victim “terribly injured” suffering from nose, teeth and lip injuries, a broken collarbone, and fractured ribs. He kissed the hammer after the attack.

Despite her wounds, she recovered to take herself back into her home for safety and shut herself inside her bathroom.

Mr Walker said this action may have saved her life as the defendant then returned minutes later and tried to get inside.

During the trial, the jury were shocked after being shown CCTV footage of the savage attack. Bodyworn caught Redmond screaming at female police officers who bravely arrested him.

During the trial, Redmond had voluntarily absented himself and would not appear via video link to be sentenced.  Judge Heather Norton requested pre-sentence reports in order to assess Redmond’s mental health and the danger he poses to the public before she sentences him next month.

Allister Walker has twenty eight years’ experience as a barrister in independent practice in Criminal Law. He has prosecuted and defended in significant cases in London, the South East and the Midlands. His practice comprises the prosecution of serious and organised crime and substantial fraud and he regularly defends in cases of murder and historic sexual assault.