These horrifying images show the injuries an elderly woman suffered when she was violently beaten by her partner of 17 years – with a TORCH.
Sabine Welsburg, 76, was left covered in bruises and bleeding from the head after being attacked by Brian Stevens, also 76.
After the couple went to sleep cuddling in their home in St Ives, Cornwall, Stevens picked up a torch and hit Sabine several times around the head.
The court heard that Ms Welburg looked after Stevens, even as far as carrying him his lunch and turning on taps for him, as he was so weak.
The couple had watched TV in bed on the night of February 18 and eventually fell asleep sometime after 11pm.
Prosecutor Tom Bradnock said: “She woke up in the night to find Mr Stevens cuddling her. She thought that was unusual because he was normally in too much pain to cuddle.
“At some point in the early hours of the 19th of February, probably between 5am and 6am, she awoke again.
“Mr Stevens was attacking her violently for absolutely no reason at all.
“He hit her repeatedly to the face and neck with a heavy Maglite torch which was kept in the bedroom.
“She was screaming at him to stop and she believed he was going to kill her and, quite naturally, thought she was going to die.
“What she recalls was the expression on his face as evil.”
He said Stevens continued to beat her as she crawled away from the bed. Ms Welsburg was able to get down to the kitchen where she collapsed, bleeding from the head.
After the attack, both Sabine and Stevens called 999 but gave conflicting accounts about what had happened.
When police and paramedics arrived they found Ms Welsburg on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood and Stevens naked and unconscious beside her, having taken an overdose.
As well as two serious cuts to her forehead Ms Welsburg suffered multiple bruises to her face, neck, shoulders, back, hands and arms. Her right wrist was also broken.
They were both taken to hospital and Stevens was detained under the Mental Health Act. He told police afterwards that he had only a hazy memory of the incident.
Stevens initially pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Truro Crown Court, but both the prosecution and defence agreed he was insane.
Three independent psychiatrists assessed Stevens and all three concluded that the defendant was insane at the time of the offence – and the jury were instructed to return that as a verdict.
Judge Graham Cottle said to the jury: “This was a really horrific assault and obviously a very serious case and, you may think, a very sad one.
“You may consider it to be academic and an unnecessary process that 12 of you would be involved in making a decision which, in a case like this, the outcome is really only ever an inevitability. The answer is that the law requires it.”
The jury returned a verdict that Stevens was not guilty by reason of insanity.
The case will conclude when Stevens is well enough to attend court.
Speaking after the case, Ms Welsburg’s daughter Nathalie Welsburg said her mother and the whole family had been devastated by the attack.
She said: “She’s hardly been able to live properly since the attack. She was doing everything for him and he was a kept man.
“He was completely looked after. I wouldn’t say that was a normal relationship.”