Great-grand­mother as­saulted at home

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The daugh­ter of a 91-year-old woman, who was as­saulted at her Mt Welling­ton home on Mon­day, said the at­tack has left the pair fright­ened and over­whelmed.

Eileen Har­wood, a great­grand­mother of nine, was knocked out cold after two men tricked their way onto her prop­erty on Mon­day, pushed her to the ground and stole her purse.

‘‘I don’t think she ac­tu­ally re­alised she’d been knocked out, she was more wor­ried about her purse,’’ Sue Tutt, Eileen’s daugh­ter, said on Tues­day.

The home in­va­sion hap­pened about 3.30pm as Sue and Eileen re­turned home.

Tutt said she no­ticed a car parked on the other side of the road on re­turn from a shop­ping trip, it did a loop of the road and came back and two men got out.

‘‘The next minute these two guys walk in the gate, and said they were lost and wanted some in­for­ma­tion,’’ Tutt said.

She asked where the men wanted to go, and in­stead of an­swer­ing, one of the men pushed her out of the way, then made a bee-line for her mother.

‘‘Mum said ‘what the hell do you think you’re do­ing’ and they just pushed her, and she just fell straight back on her back.

‘‘I couldn’t get her to come around, it seemed like ages. Then they grabbed her shop­ping bag and her purse and cleared off.

Tutt said there was about $50 in cash in the purse, along with bank cards and other per­sonal items.

‘‘It was so quick, it was over just like that, less than a minute … It fright­ened the s*** out of me to be quite hon­est.’’

Tutt said her mother is made of stern stuff and is nor­mally feisty, cheeky, abled bod­ied and of sound mind. She was sore on Tues­day morn­ing, and with a bruise on her head and a sore back.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Glenn Bald­win said it was a de­plorable at­tack on vul­ner­a­ble per­son.

One of the al­leged of­fend­ers was de­scribed as male, aged 25-30 years old, Maori or Pa­cific Is­lan­der, av­er­age build, with no fa­cial hair, 180-183cm tall. The sec­ond man was de­scribed as 15-years-old to late teens, fairskinned Maori or Pa­cific Is­lan­der, wear­ing a tan-coloured hooded sweat­shirt.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to contact the Auck­land Cen­tral Crime Squad on 09 302 6557.


Su­san Tutt with her mother Eileen Har­wood. The pair were at­tacked in Eileen’s home in Auck­land’s Mt Welling­ton on De­cem­ber 5

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