Thursday 24 May 2018

Elderly woman attacker 'main suspect' in separate pensioner assault

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Barry Duggan and Robin Schiller

Gardai investigating the brutal mugging of an 89-year-old woman in Limerick have released a man in his 20s without charge.

The woman was hung upside down during the assault as the attacker seized her handbag which contained just €20.

The attack on the woman took place outside her home on Sunday night at approximately 11pm. The woman celebrated her 89th birthday last month.

The individual is the main suspect in a separate brutal assault in which another pensioner was attacked in the city just days earlier.

In that incident an elderly victim was followed into a toilet cubicle at the Roxboro Shopping Centre in Limerick before being assaulted and robbed.

The attack ended with the perpetrator making off with €80 belonging to his victim, while the pensioner was left shaken and needing medical treatment.

On Sunday, the female victim had just returned home from bingo when she was grabbed by a man as she opened the front door to her home.

She had just been dropped off to her home in the Rosbrien area of the city by a taxi.

The frail pensioner was pulled from the front door as she tried to enter her home and dragged around the garden of her property as the attacker tried to steal her handbag.

During the brutal incident the OAP was “turned upside down” in what was an “extremely bad crime”, according to a source. She suffered life-threatening injuries.

Sources say the woman struggled as the violent robbery unfolded, but was overpowered.

The thug eventually fled the area with the woman’s handbag, which contained just €20, while the elderly victim was left severely injured on the ground outside.

Emergency services arrived and rushed the woman to the University Hospital of Limerick, where she was last night still being treated for her injuries.

Officers from Henry Street and Roxboro Garda Stations are investigating the heinous attack and have detained a man in his 20s from the Weston area of the city.

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