This is the shocking face of an 82-year-old woman who was brutally assaulted in an unprovoked attack after she returned home from walking her dog.
Frail Catherine Smith was pushed to the ground, banging her head after a woman tried to force herself into her Streatham Hill property.
The attacker then grabbed Catherine’s dog lead and wrapped it round her neck trying to strangle her and then beat her with her mobility scooter battery charger.
The attacker, who had followed Catherine from the Nature Garden in Tulse Hill, asked her for £10 and when she refused she attempted to charge through the front door. The attacker then took £60 from her handbag and fled. Her son, Mike Smith, 54, said: “She’s very frail and tired but she’s recovering.
She has lived in Streatham Hill for more than 40 years and has been walking Katy, her Jack Russell dog, every day on her mobility scooter for about 10 years. Nothing like this has ever happened to her before. “She was followed home around 1pm on Thursday by the woman who carried out this awful attack. Mum had just put her scooter away when the attacker shouted at her demanding cash. When my mum refused she was pushed to the ground and then beaten up badly.
“Mum was shouting for help as she lay bleeding on the floor and eventually members of the public heard her cry and came to her aid. Her face was covered in blood and she was obviously very distressed. “It’s been such an ordeal for her as she was taken to St George’s Hospital, accompanied by police officers. She was very stressed about that as she has never stayed in a hospital before.”
The grandmother was discharged from hospital after she was x-rayed for a big cut to the back of her head. The suspect is described as a white woman, about 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with slick backed black hair.
She was wearing a khaki coloured zipped coat, multi-coloured trainers and tights.
Detective Constable Vicky Vincent, the investigating officer from Lambeth CID, said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack on an elderly, vulnerable woman’s own doorstep. The attack has left her very distressed. “We believe the suspect spotted Catherine in Palace Road Nature Gardens and for unknown reasons decided to follow her home, harass her and then brutally assault her.
“We would encourage anyone with information or any witnesses to contact us as a matter of urgency so we can bring the person responsible for this heinous crime to justice.” People with information should contact Lambeth CID on 07785 774447 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.