Great-grandmother assaulted at home
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