Man accused of hammer attack on Canary Wharf worker and her mum appears in court

PUBLISHED: 11:38 22 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 22 August 2018

Police at the scene of the hammer attack in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Police at the scene of the hammer attack in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A man accused of critically injuring a mother and daughter in a hammer attack has appeared in court charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Joe Xuereb, 27, allegedly assaulted Canary Wharf finance worker Anna Gos, 30, and her mother, 64-year-old Marianna Hoelinak, in Adderley Gardens, New Eltham, on August 19.

Xuereb, of Adderley Gardens, appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday).

He was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon - a claw hammer.

Scotland Yard said both women remained in a critical condition on Tuesday after being found with devastating injuries shortly after midday on Sunday.

Xuereb was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey on September 18.

Latest East London News Stories


Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which encourages people, organisations and charities to come together to stand against hate crime.

Fri, 16:43

A drug dealer from Bow who stabbed a man in the arm causing a cut which needed 11 stitches has been jailed for eight years.

Fri, 14:42

Tower Hamlets Council are urging people to share their memories of the former Royal London Hospital.

Fri, 12:49

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Fri, 08:03

A man in his 60s has been stabbed in Poplar.

Thu, 17:41

Parents fighting the closure of three council-run nurseries and a specialist deaf unit in the borough have been “thrown a lifeline” by councillors.


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now