Nun rescues teenager from mugging
ANUN from Stockport saved a teenaged jogger from the clutches of an armed robbers.
Rebecca Soanes, 16, was walking near her home in Collyhurst when a masked man tried to hit her with a metal bar and threatened to kill her unless she handed over her iPhone.
But divine intervention came when saintly Sister Maura Considine heard her screams and came to the rescue.
Sister Maura had been visiting sisters at nearby Hollywood House, where she used to live, when she heard the teenager’s screams.
Sister Maura, who is originally from County Clare, Ireland, lived at Hollywood House in the 1990s and from 2010 to 2012. She is now based at St Bernadette’s in Brinnington.
The 50-year-old Roman Catholic nun said she was just in the right place at the right time to scare the mugger away after a delayed hair appointment.
She said: “I was coming home from town and I had just parked my car at the back of our building when I heard somebody running behind me.
“When I turned round I realised she was crying and I said: ‘Are you all right?’ and she said he had tried to steal her phone.
“As I looked over to the wasteland the fellow was cycling away. She asked me did I have a phone, because her battery had run down, so I called her mum.
“Her phone was dead and she couldn’t summon help and I suppose young people wouldn’t know to knock on the door of the convent.
“She was very shaken up, she is only 16 you know. For somebody to attack you with a metal bar is dreadful really. The only safety was that I was with her.”
Rebecca’s dad Jeff has hailed the habit-wearing heroine as a ‘true saviour’ as he appealed for help to catch the attacker.
The taxi driver, 44, said: “It was a horrible attack but it could have been a lot worse. Honest to God, she is a true saviour.”
Rebecca had been walking home from the city centre when the attacker rode past her on a black mountain bike on Suddel Street.
Moments later, as she took a shortcut close to a convent, she heard footsteps from behind.
Sister Maura ushered the terrified teenager to safety inside a gated car park and the attacker fled.
Sister Maura added: “I had been delayed at the hairdressers and I was just in the right place at the right time. I suppose you feel for any young person.
“These are the dangers of society, these young people today carry these phones like jewellery really. There are so many incidents of this type.
“Luckily in this case he didn’t get away with the phone. This will mark her for a long time.
“We have all been 16 coming home from town taking a short cut and that is all she was doing.
“It is very unfortunate. Anybody would have been kind to the girl.”
Rebecca Soanes, with her dad Jeff,
Sister Maura Considine