Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire family 'tried to kill grandfather over inheritance'

A mother tried to kill her father with help from her children by hitting him with bricks, in a bid to get their inheritance early, a court heard.

The family from Eastleigh, Hampshire, ambushed the 89-year-old in his front garden last November, the prosecution told Winchester Crown Court.

A woman, 48, her two daughters and son and his girlfriend deny conspiracy to murder and malicious wounding.

None of the defendants can be named because of legal restrictions.

The court heard how they had also made earlier attempts to kill him using methods looked up on the internet.

'Horrific' injuries

The man survived the attack, which the court heard had been carried out by his adopted daughter, her 19-year-old son, along with his girlfriend, who was 16.

The mother's two daughters, aged 15 and 14, also played a significant part in the attack, the jury was told.

They all drove to the grandfather's house in a village near Winchester, lured him outside and attacked him, the prosecution said.

The youngest girl had a brick in a plastic bag, which she allegedly struck him with.

Pictures of the man's "horrific" injuries, which included black eyes and head wounds, were shown to the jury.

Car 'targeted'

The court also heard the family called 999 after the attack, reporting the grandfather had fallen, but paramedics quickly realised it was an assault and all five defendants were arrested at the house.

When police seized the family's computers they found the mother in particular, had been searching the web using phrases like: "Where can you hurt someone a lot by hitting them" and "the easiest way to kill an old person", the jury was told.

The prosecution also said the family tried to kill the grandfather on other occasions, including by trying to blow up his car by tampering with the fuel line and battery.

The case continues.

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