Thug’s at­tack on widow, 88

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

A WIDOW aged 88 bru­tally as­saulted by a masked in­truder told a court she is lucky to be alive.

Eve­lyn Bir­chall was wo­ken by se­rial rob­ber An­drew Hodgkin­son, 36, who rained blows on her as she tried to fight back.

He growled: “I want you”, but fled her bun­ga­low in Chor­ley, Lancs, with jew­ellery. At Pre­ston crown court he was jailed for six years and eight months.

A de­tec­tive said he had never seen such “gra­tu­itous vi­o­lence” in 27 years. Mrs Birchell said: “I’m lucky to sur­vive the at­tack.”

BRAVE Eve­lyn Bir­chall

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