Pensioner left for dead in attack "will never recover"
Published 12/11/2013 | 13:32
A pensioner who was severely battered and left for dead by an intruder who stole cash and jewellery from her home "will never recover", her family has said.
Detectives investigating the "horrific attack" in Bradford, West Yorkshire, have released photographs of the injuries suffered by the 76-year-old woman in a bid to prompt people to come forward with information six months after it happened.
West Yorkshire Police said the attacker forced entry to the pensioner's home in Harlow Road in the early hours of Monday May 13 this year.
Her injuries included a broken nose, a dislocated jaw, a fractured wrist, a suspected fracture of her left eye socket, a deep cut to her head and extensive bruising.
The woman, who has not been named, still suffers from severe migraines and tinnitus as a result of the assault, the force said.
The intruder has not been found despite an extensive police inquiry.
"It was a horrific and cowardly attack," the woman's daughter said. "My poor mother was left for dead. She tried to tell him: 'Just take what you want,' but he kept on hitting her.
"There are people in Bradford who know who the attacker is. How would he or they feel if that sort of thing happened to their mother?
"People need to realise the trail of devastation that this leaves behind. It's not just rocked my mum's life, it's rocked the whole family.
"None of us have or will ever get over this and we are desperately appealing for anyone with information to come forward."
She said: "My mother was an independent woman who would regularly walk for miles or catch a bus to go somewhere.
"She went outside for the first time since the attack two days ago and she was very frightened. She won't answer the door to anyone who calls at her house any more.
"She still suffers from severe migraines and tinnitus and is constantly on medication. She will never recover from this."
The daughter said her father suffers from Parkinson's and had gone into a home eight months before the incident.
"We didn't tell him about the attack straight away and it was just horrible to watch them both crying when we took him to see her in hospital," she said.
"He was so sad that he wasn't able to protect her."
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson said: "This was a particularly nasty attack in which the victim suffered extensive injuries. The effects of which she is still suffering from today.
"I am appealing to anyone who knows anything about this attack to come forward with information.
"No matter how small it might be, that extra piece of evidence could be enough to bring about a conviction."