92-year-old beaten up by yob, 27
Family’s outrage after pensioner punched in the face in row over pet dog
A FAMILY have described their outrage after a 92-year-old greatgrandfather was punched in the face by a yob after an argument over his pet dog.
Bob Savory was assaulted as he walked his beloved Jack Russell dog Patch along the River Nene in Peterborough on July 28.
Mr Savory, who uses a walking stick, claims that he was asked to keep Patch on a lead by 27-year-old Adam Strangward, which resulted in the pair becoming embroiled in an argument.
Strangward, of Havelock Drive, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to one charge of assault by beating.
He was released on bail to return to court for sentencing on January 12.
Mr Savory, a retired bricklayer, of Sandpiper Drive, Peterborough, suffered a black eye and cut to his face in the attack.
After receiving hospital treatment he has spent the past months recovering at his home.
His daughter Avril Beddows (54) said: “This was a callous, unprovoked attack on a 92-year-old man who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“It’s disgusting that anyone could even contemplate hurting a harmless old man. How can this man have any integrity?
“My dad has always been a happy-golucky man but now his personality has changed. He had a hip replacement 12 years ago and during the attack he fell on his new hip - now his leg is in constant pain. I hope Strangward gets his just desserts in court.”
Mrs Beddows claims that her father was walking Patch along the river bank and enjoying the summer’s day when the incident happened.
She said: “A man approached my dad and asked him to put Patch on a lead. My dad refused and they started an argument.
“This led to my dad being punched in the face and he fell to the ground. He was in a lot of pain.
“My dad says that he didn’t provoke the argument or do anything to warrant being punched in the face.
“His eye was all swollen up, he had blood running down his face and he could barely walk afterwards. It was horrible to see him in that state.”
Pauline Morgan (62), another daughter, said that her father’s confidence had been shattered following the incident and that he no longer liked venturing outdoors.
She said: “He was a very active, out-going, 92-year-old man who used to walk Patch every day but he seldom does that now.
“My dad’s wife Barbara died just over two years ago and we then got dad Patch to keep him company.
“Patch and him became very close and my dad loved walking him down by the river - he would do that route every day for two hours at a time.
“He still goes out and walks with Patch but these are much shorter and happen less regularly.
“My dad is a strong character and will make a full recovery but this really hit him for six.
“He didn’t deserve what happened to him.”
SENSELESS ASSAULT: A picture of Bob Savory (92), taken by a relative using a mobile phone, shows his injury after he was attacked when he was out walking his dog.
outrage: Bob Savory.