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Man guilty of UK hammer attack gets life sentences


 A British man found guilty of attempted murder in a cruel hammer attack on three female tourists from the United Arab Emirates has received three life sentences and will be jailed for at least 18 years.

   Philip Spence carried out the attack on the three women as they slept in a luxury hotel in London.

   The 33-year-old had admitted the attack but denied attempting to kill the women, who suffered life threatening injuries. He was sentenced Monday.

   The April attack and a later assault on an Emirati family in London caused widespread consternation in the Gulf nation, where violent crime is rare.

   British police said there was no indication the victims were targeted because of their nationality.

   Spence left the scene with a suitcase filled with luxury goods.

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