THE victim of a hammer attack in the street was so badly injured her neighbour could not recognise her, it emerged yesterday. City worker Ania Gos
THE victim of a hammer attack in the street was so badly injured her neighbour could not recognise her, it emerged yesterday.
City worker Ania Gos, 30, and her mother were left covered in blood after they were repeatedly bludgeoned near her home.
Last night, they were fighting for their lives after the horrific attack in Eltham, south-east London, at noon on Sunday.
A man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, said Scotland Yard.
Ms Gos’s mother, 64, was in London visiting her daughter and it is believed she was due to fly home to Poland just hours after she was attacked.
Neighbour Bob Gover, 69, told yesterday how he rushed outside after he “heard a bit of a commotion” in the street.
“I looked outside and there were about half a dozen people out there,” he said.
“I saw blood on the face of one of them and I knew something had happened so I ran inside and phoned for an ambulance.”
The retired TV engineer said: “She was covered in blood. I didn’t even know it was her, there was so much blood on her face. I thought she was a passerby. I did not recognise her.”
Mr Gover said Ms Gos’s boyfriend comforted her in the street before she and her mother were taken to hospital.
“She has been living above me for a couple of years,” Mr Gover added. “They are a lovely couple. It is sheer shock.”
He added: “Her mum was visiting her from Poland with her sister and was due to go back that day.”
Ms Gos, who has a master’s degree in history from the University of Lodz in Poland works in business support services for leading City firm S&P Global in London’s Canary Wharf financial district.
The company said yesterday: “We are extremely shocked and saddened by the senseless attack on one of our employees, Ania Gos, and her mother on Sunday afternoon.”
Scotland Yard issued an image of Ms Gos’s near neighbour Joe Xuereb, 27, and named him as a man they wished to question over the incident.
Around 7.30pm on Sunday, a woman motorist spotted him two miles away in Sidcup, Kent.
She alerted police and tailed him in her car before officers arrived to detain him.
One of them pulled out a Taser device but it was not used.
A Yard spokesman said: “The suspect was arrested as a direct result of the media appeal.”