A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER is in a serious condition in hospital after she was brutally attacked in her own home.
Cindy Ferry, 77, suffered significant injuries after the attack in the flat she shared with her husband Hugh, who suffers from dementia.
A nicer person you couldn’t meet. Nobody has ever had a mother like Cindy. She’s a lovely woman”A NEIGHBOUR
Their son Neil Ferry has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident. He has been detained at Carstairs State Hospital.
The incident has shocked residents of Langton Road, where the couple have lived for more than 20 years.
The News understands that Mrs Ferry has been on a ventilator since the attack on the morning of Tuesday, December 8. Her 83-year-old husband has been moved into a nursing home to be cared for while doctors keep a close eye on her condition.
Mrs Ferry’s three daughters, Samantha, Katy and Annie, are believed to be at her bedside at the Western General.
The disturbance broke out in the top-floor flat last Tuesday morning.
It is understood that Mrs Ferry was found severely injured in her home by a neighbour and a delivery driver.
Police confirmed that a 43-year-old woman also suffered minor facial injuries during the incident, however her identity has not been confirmed.
Alarmed residents reported seeing an extensive police presence on the quiet residential street, in the affluent Blackford area. Officers guarded the six-flat stairwell for three days following the incident, while Mrs Ferry’s home was sealed off to allow forensic examinations to take place.
Mr and Mrs Ferry had five children in total, however their son Brian, who lived in Corstorphine, died in January 2009.
The couple also have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs Ferry is believed to have several health problems, including arthritis.
A neighbour of the elderly couple, who asked not to be named, said they had been shocked to hear about the attack.
The resident said: “A nicer person you couldn’t meet. Nobody has ever had a mother like Cindy. She’s a lovely woman.”
A police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address on Langton Road at around 9.30am on Tuesday, December 8 following reports of an assault. A 43-year-old woman sustained facial injuries but did not receive medical attention.
“A 77-year-old woman was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary then transferred to the Western General where she remains in a serious condition.
“A 43-year-old man was arrested and charged for assault and attempted murder and was conveyed to Carstairs State Hospital.”
Neil Ferry, who is believed to have lived nearby, is a father-of-two and a former painter and decorator. He is being detained at Carstairs while doctors determine whether he is fit to appear at court.