The first picture of the smiling 93-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered in her care home has been released.
A fellow care home resident allegedly hit Eileen Dean so hard that part of the stick he used to strike her was found in her neck, the Old Bailey heard.
Alexander Rawson, 62, has been charged with the murder of Eileen, who was found at the Fieldside care home in Catford, southeast London.
Police are unclear what the motive was and there was no CCTV footage of the attack on January 4, the court heard.
Paul Jarvis, prosecuting, said Mr Rawson called the police at around 12:30am from the care home.
“It was very quickly ascertained that a lady called Mrs Dean, who was 93 at the time, living in the room next door or opposite was on her bed covered in blood having sustained serious injuries to her head,” he said.
“There was the broken handle of a walking stick embedded on the base of her neck.”
Rawson, of Canadian Avenue, Catford, appeared on video-link from HMP Thameside today to confirm his name and age.
He was remanded into custody by Judge Anthony Leonard QC until 25 March for a plea and trial preparation hearing.