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Friday 2 December 2016

Pensioner who suffered broken pelvis in vicious attack expected to make full recovery

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 07/08/2015 | 11:26

The woman is said to be very shook after the attack
The woman is said to be very shook after the attack

An old age pensioner (89) who was brutally mugged for €20 is expected to make a full recovery, a local councillor has confirmed.

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The woman was assaulted by a man when she was returning home from Bingo on Sunday night. It is understood that the man dragged the woman around her front garden before making off with her handbag which contained just €20 in cash. 

It is understood that a taxi driver discovered the woman outside her house and she was rushed to University Hospital in Limerick where she is still recovering.

Limerick City Councillor Jerry O'Dea has told Independent.ie that the woman suffered a broken pelvis and is traumatised after the assault, but is expected to make a full recovery.

"Obviously both emotionally and physically at that age of your life it's a fairly life-changing event," he said.

Read more: Elderly woman attacker 'main suspect' in separate pensioner assault  

Last week, another pensioner was attacked in the same area when a man followed him into a toilet at Roxboro Shopping Centre and mugged him for €80.

Cllr O'Dea, who is Metropolitan Mayor for Limerick, said that problem of attacks must be stopped.

"It's a societal thing rather than just a Limerick thing," he said.

"There has to be some sort of deterrent to stop this thing from happening."

Gardaí arrested a man in relation to the incident on Sunday. He was released without charge on Tuesday and gardaí said that a file was being prepared for the DPP.

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