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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.

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