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Brutal Raiders Leave 83-year-old Widow With Horrific Facial Injuries

Great-grandmother Zallu Hassan, 83, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was discovered the next morning by a family member lying under a sheet in her ransacked bedroom, whimpering “like a little animal”.

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Brutal thugs savagely attacked an elderly widow in her east London home, leaving her with a fractured jaw and severe bruising.

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Mrs Hassan’s daughter Tulay Tabeahmadi, 46, today spoke of her anguish that the cowardly attackers have not been caught nearly a fortnight after the March 9 attack in Gants Hill, east London.

“I don’t understand how someone could do that to an old lady,” she said. ”She was helpless.

“I don’t know what to call them – thugs? Animals?”

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She added: “I saw my mum’s face and I haven’t stopped crying. I’m a very strong person but I break down every day.

“Why didn’t they just take what they were doing to take and leave her?”

Mrs Hassan suffered a bruised cheekbone, fractured upper jaw and fractured eye socket. Because of her age and condition, doctors consider it too risky to operate.

“My mum was a very active woman,” said Tulay, who lives in Barkingside. “She didn’t need anything – she even used to mow her own lawn.

“Now she’s struggling to get out of bed. It’s like it’s had a five-year effect on her Alzheimer’s.”

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Mrs Hassan, who has lived in her house for 40 years – 20 of them as a widow – remains in hospital. “They haven’t just destroyed her life,” Tulay added. “They’ve destroyed all our lives. She was the life and soul of our family.”

Det Sgt Jim Casey said: “This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a vulnerable elderly lady.

"I would appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Eastern Avenue, near to the junction of Ashurst Drive, between 6pm on March 9 and 8pm on March 10 to come forward and help us with our enquires.”

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