Wednesday 29 March 2017

Time to stand up and protect the elderly from attack

The elderly are easy targets for cowardly criminals and bullies who prey on the most vulnerable in our society, and for what in many cases is just a few quid. But there is no sign of any specific measures from the powers that be to take action and protect them. Picture posed/ Thinkstock
The elderly are easy targets for cowardly criminals and bullies who prey on the most vulnerable in our society, and for what in many cases is just a few quid. But there is no sign of any specific measures from the powers that be to take action and protect them. Picture posed/ Thinkstock
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

On a weekly basis now we are hearing of sickening stories of violent attacks on elderly people in rural and urban communities around Ireland.

A particularly heinous case which made headlines recently was of a fragile 89-year-old Bray pensioner, Eva Sutton, who was brutally assaulted in a terrifying ordeal by two men as she slept in a downstairs room in her home. They then ransacked her house and stole her jewellery.

The callous assault left Eva with a punctured lung, broken ribs and a broken nose, extremely serious injuries in a woman of that age. You would have to have a heart of stone not to have been moved by pictures of her injuries and her bruised face published in newspapers.

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