Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Joseph Isaacs, 39, who has appeared via video at Taunton Crown Court accused of attempting to murder 96-year-old D-Day veteran Jim Booth. PA IMAGE.jpg
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D-Day Veteran 'Left For Dead' In Hammer Attack, Court Hears

A 96-year-old D-Day veteran attacked by a cold caller with a claw hammer was "left for dead", a court has heard.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Joseph Isaacs, 39, who has appeared via video at Taunton Crown Court accused of attempting to murder 96-year-old D-Day veteran Jim Booth. PA IMAGE.jpg

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A 96-year-old D-Day veteran attacked by a cold caller with a claw hammer was "left for dead", a court has heard.

James Booth, known as Jim, was attacked at his home on Gypsy Lane in Taunton on 22 November 2017, when he answered the door to Joseph Isaacs, the jury was told.

Taunton Crown Court heard that when Mr Booth refused roof repairs, Isaacs, 40, launched an attack, striking the veteran with a claw hammer on his head and arms while shouting "money, money, money".

Rachel Drake, prosecuting, told the jury Mr Booth tried to escape his attacker by retreating into his home but collapsed in his living room.

She said:

"Mr Booth fell to the floor near a coffee table and he remembers thinking, 'Oh God, I am dead'... Once Mr Booth was incapacitated the defendant took his wallet and, the Crown say, left him for dead on his living room floor."

Isaacs, who is appearing at the trial via video link from HMP Long Lartin, denies attempted murder.

Jurors were told that Mr Booth had spent time with his daughter on the day of the attack before returning home and carrying out chores around his home before going to answer the doorbell.

Ms Drake said: "The defendant told Mr Booth that there was a problem with some of the roof tiles.

"Mr Booth said he had a friend who had already offered to do the work for him.

"Mr Booth found that the defendant was moving closer and he instinctively and naturally moved backwards into his house."

Ms Drake said Isaacs was shouting "money, money money" as he followed Mr Booth and began attacking him with the claw hammer.

Jurors were told they would hear Mr Booth tell them that he was "surprised" that the hammer in Isaacs's hands was shiny and new, rather than worn as he would expect from a workman and also that he thought it bigger than a standard hammer.

Ms Drake said Mr Booth initially did not believe he had lost consciousness during the attack but concluded that he may have done after realising he had no recollection of Isaacs searching his things.

The court heard once he regained consciousness Mr Booth tried to find his mobile phone but could not and his landline phone appeared to be out of battery.

Eventually, he managed to raise the alarm with neighbours after making his way out into the street.

Gipsy Lane in Taunton where Jim Booth was attacked. Joseph Isaacs, 39, appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court accused of attempting to murder the D-Day veteran Jim Booth who was seriously injured in a claw hammer attack at his home.
Gipsy Lane in Taunton where Jim Booth was attacked. (Credit: PA)

The court heard one neighbour spotted Mr Booth and saw that his head and hands were covered in blood.

Mr Booth was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton where, Ms Drake said, he was found to be suffering from "life-threatening injuries".

She said medics noted "five deep lacerations" to Mr Booth's skull, with a "number of underlying skull fractures".

He also had lacerations on both hands and a fracture to his right hand.

Ms Drake said pathologist Dr Russell Delaney examined Mr Booth and found the injuries to be consistent with "multiple blunt force impacts".

She told the jury that the injuries to Mr Booth's arms were consistent with him having moved them in front of his face and head to protect himself.

"The force required to cause the depressed skull fractures would have been severe."

The jury heard that shortly after the attack Isaacs used Mr Booth's NatWest bank card, which had been in his wallet, in Burger King at the Bridgwater Services on the M5.

The following day, November 23, he spent £6.48 in McDonald's, £13 in Asda and £7.75 on cigarettes, the court heard.

He also bought a drink in a pub but when he attempted to use the card at 12.30pm in Burnham-on-Sea it was declined, the jury was told.

Ms Drake said officers were able to trace the transactions and link them to a vehicle which was found to be registered in the name of Isaacs's father.

They spoke to his mother Cathleen Isaacs who told them she had reported her son missing on November 14.

Isaacs was arrested on 24 November.

Jurors were told he answered "no comment" to all questions asked of him in interview.

The trial continues.

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