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Pensioner beaten by thug and left to die for €20

Pensioner beaten by thug and left to die for €20

A woman in her 80s is fighting for her life in hospital after she was viciously beaten and robbed outside her home.

Her attacker made off with just €20, leaving the elderly woman to die.

The incident occurred at the Rosbrien area of County Limerick on Sunday evening as the elderly woman was returning from the local bingo hall.

Reports indicate that the attacker was waiting outside the house and hid as the taxi, which dropped the woman off, left the area before setting upon the pensioner.

The woman was pulled from the front door as she tried to enter her home and dragged around the garden as the attacker tried to steal her handbag.

According to one source, the pensioner was "turned upside down".

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack.

She was rushed to University Hospital of Limerick, where she was last night still being treated for her injuries.

The vile thug left with her handbag with contained just €20.

Officers from Henry Street and Roxboro Garda stations are investigating the attack, and have detained a man aged in his 20s from the Weston area of the city.

The individual is the main suspect in a separate brutal assault in which another pensioner was attacked just days earlier. The victim was followed into a toilet cubicle at the Roxboro Shopping Centre by the assailant before being assaulted and robbed.

The suspect made off with €80 belonging to his victim, while the pensioner was left needing medical treatment