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'I won't let thugs drive me out' - Jenny (84) assaulted for just €20

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Jenny Powell at home. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jenny Powell at home. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jenny Powell at home. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A Dublin woman has vowed that a violent robbery in her home which saw her beaten by a gang of men will not result in her being driven out of the house.

Jenny Powell (84) says she was hit over the head with a hammer during the attack and threatened with a saw by the gang, which stormed her basic portable cabin home in Mulhuddart on Friday evening.

Rummaging

"They attacked me and hurt me, tossing me around as they searched for money," Ms Powell told the Herald.

"They were even rummaging under the mattress. All they got was €20."

Describing the sequence of events, Ms Powell, who uses a wheelchair because she has mobility issues, said she was watching television when the aggravated burglary happened.

"I love animals. I have horses, dogs and cats, and I was watching Supervet when around five men burst in on top of me," she said.

"One was a big, tall man with dark skin, and the others were fat white men. They hit me with my own hammer and threatened me with my own saw.

"They were asking where the money was and then they started pushing me around.

"They were pulling doors off cupboards and wrecking the place.

"They were hurting me, and I'll be 85 next month. These people need to be caught.

"I've been living here for 20 years, and it's never happened to me before.

"I mind my own business and I'm not going to let these people drive me out.

"I don't know who they are. I've never seen them before but they are dangerous and I want someone to catch them.

"I think they may be going after other people living alone and they need to be stopped."

Ms Powell is well known in the Mulhuddart area but was born in England and went to school in Adelaide, Australia.

"That's where I learned to ride horses. I loved it there, it was my favourite place to live. I also lived in Canada," she said.

Struggle

Ms Powell lives in a small, two-room portable cabin, which she has now had for three years.

"I used to live in a caravan here before that but this is much better now. I can struggle from the bed to the wheelchair, and from that on to my mobility scooter," she said.

She declined hospital treatment after the attack and vowed that despite the violence used against her, she will recover from her injuries.

Gardai confirmed they are investigating a report of an aggravated burglary on Powerstown Road, Mulhuddart, at around 8.30pm on Friday. No arrests have been made.


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