An 89-year-old pensioner has been left with a punctured lung, broken nose and broken ribs following a vicious attack in which two thugs tied her up and savagely kicked and beat her in a horrifying ordeal lasting at least 30 minutes.
Two men broke into the home of Eva Sutton on the Dublin Road, Bray, Co Wicklow at approximately 5am on Thursday.
The raiders smashed through the front door while the elderly lady was asleep in a downstairs room.
Ms Sutton attempted to call for help by pressing a panic button attached to a necklace, but her attackers ripped the alarm from her neck.
They then tied up their frail victim before subjecting her to an horrific assault.
Ms Sutton's daughter Amanda told of how the attack left her mother badly bruised.
"They broke in through the front door, they tied her up and then they left her black and blue," Amanda Sutton told the Herald.
"They wanted money and jewellery and they kept beating her," she said.
The raiders then ransacked the property in search of valuables, making off with some of her jewellery.
After the thugs made their escape, Ms Sutton managed to make her way out onto the street to seek help.
Shockingly, a man who was standing just across the road at a bus stop ignored her desperate cries.
Emergency services were eventually called and Ms Sutton was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital, where she is being treated for her horrific injuries.
"She's in hospital at the moment with a punctured lung, a broken nose and broken ribs.
"She's currently under surveillance but she's talking," Amanda said.
Detectives from Bray Garda Station are investigating the incident. No arrests have yet been made.
However, sources have indicated that two chief suspects are being sought in relation to the aggravated burglary.
One of them is a man 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.