Pensioner Eva (89) left 'broken' after two men broke into her home and physically assaulted her
A pensioner who was tied up and beaten during a horrifying aggravated burglary has been left "broken" and suffering constant nightmares as a result of the shocking attack.
Eva Sutton (89) was attacked last Thursday morning as she slept in a downstairs room in her home.
Two men tied up the fragile lady before proceeding to viciously beat her, in a terrifying ordeal that lasted at least 30 minutes.
Amanda Sutton, the victim's daughter, has described how her mother has suffered "serious mental injuries" as a result of the attack.
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"My mother keeps waking up in her hospital bed in the middle of the night screaming, she thinks somebody is trying to break into her room," Ms Sutton told the Herald.
"Physically her injuries are improving but the mental damage that has been done won't go away. She is a tough woman, but this attack has really got to her..
"The worst part is that this bright, outgoing woman who was able to fend for herself has been left shattered and broken from this incident.
"We need more protection for older people, CCTV or surveillance to keep them safe and to prevent this from happening need to be looked at," Ms Sutton added.
She also expressed her gratitude to the people of Bray, who have offered the family help and support following the horrific crime, as well as Bray gardai for their "dedicated work" in investigating her mother's case.
Eva is still in hospital recovering from her injuries, which include a punctured lung, broken ribs and a broken nose following the callous assault.
The thugs ransacked the woman's home as they beat her, and eventually made off with jewellery.
Detectives from Bray Garda Station are investigating the incident, and no arrests have yet been made.
Two men were spotted in the vicinity of the house following the aggravated burglary, but managed to get away when gardai gave chase.
One of the men is aged in his early 20s from the Bray area, who has several previous convictions for burglary and theft.
The other suspect is a man aged in his early 30s from the Ballybrack area, who is also known to gardai.