Disabled mugging victim’s plea to bring attacker to justice

NDFP Gillian Jones disabled lady who was attacked in the street at Intake Doncaster
NDFP Gillian Jones disabled lady who was attacked in the street at Intake Doncaster

A disabled woman is urging people to help bring an attacker to justice who mugged her just yards from her Doncaster home.

Mrs Jones, of Intake, says her attacker started shouting ‘money, money, money’ at her, and began gesturing at her to go into her bag and hand over the contents of her purse.

But when the terrified widow opened her purse, when the incident occurred at around 11.45pm on Tuesday night, and revealed that she only had loose change in her purse the alleged mugger, who is believed to speak in broken English, started shouting ‘more’.

“He started doing what I would describe as thumping me on my shoulders and chest,” Mrs Jones told The Star.

She continued: “I was terrified, and I kept saying ‘get off me’, but he just carried on and kept saying ‘more, more’.

“He must have had something on his hands because I’ve got about 12 puncture wounds on my shoulders.

“But then I remembered that I had money in my bag for a holiday, which I was going to take into town, because I’m trying to feel better about my husband dying three years ago.

“I had over £200, which I handed over to him, and then he started walking away straight away.

“Thank God I had that money with me because I don’t know what he would have done to me if I hadn’t given it to him.”

“But it took me over a year to save that money, and I won’t be able to go on holiday now.”

The alleged mugger is believed to have fled along Westminster Crescent following the incident.

Mrs Jones, who suffers from a number of health problems including a fractured spinal disc and being disabled from the waist down, says she is now afraid to leave the house at night by herself because of the attack.

“I’ve been in a wheelchair for 16 years and until this happened I never felt vulnerable, but I do now.

“The day after it happened, which was the hottest day of the year, I stayed inside with all of the windows and doors locked because I don’t feel safe.”

Mrs Jones is urging anyone who witnesses the alleged mugging to contact police with information ‘before it happens again’.

The suspect is described as being olive-skinned, of slim build, and around 5ft 9ins tall. He has dark hair, black bushy eyebrows and was wearing a black hooded coat and is believed to have spoken with a foreign accent.

The officer in the case, DC Rob Hunt, said: “This was a particularly violent robbery involving a vulnerable member of our community and we continue to carry out extensive enquiries to find the person responsible.

“I appeal to anyone who witnessed the robbery, or to anyone who thinks they know someone who matches our description, to contact police and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 22 of July 1 2015.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.