An elderly woman feared she was going to die when she was knocked to the ground and assaulted during a botched handbag robbery in Sydney’s south-west.
Lorette Doueihi, 83, was walking along Nuwarra Road, Moorebank, about 8:30am last Wednesday when she was attacked by an unknown woman.
Speaking through an interpreter today, Mrs Doueihi said she feared for her life during the attack.
“I was very close to dying, I felt like I was going to die,” she said.
“I just felt two hands on my shoulders and I was pushed really hard.
Police said two people came to Mrs Doueihi’s assistance shortly after the assault.
“I can’t say enough to thank them, they saved my life,” she said.
“A woman across the street who was doing some gardening work heard my screams …. and tried to assist me.
“She was much older than I was, it took us together for me to stand up.
“Without her I probably would have died.”
The great-grandmother was treated at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital with severe facial bruising and a suspected broken nose.
Great-grandmother afraid to leave her house
She said she is now scared to leave home and stays inside with the door locked.
“I don’t want to go out anymore,” she said.
“At the moment I just try and stay at home, lock the door and stay in my bedroom.” Liverpool Police Detective Chief Inspector Ken Hardie described the attack as a “low act” and said police would like help from the public to identify the person responsible.
He said police released photos of Mrs Doueihi today, a week after the assault, in the hope of encouraging anyone who may know something to dome forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Hardie said police are looking to speak with a woman who may be able to assist them with their inquiries.
The woman is described as being 20 to 30 years old, Caucasian in appearance, wearing dark clothing, boots and possibly carrying a backpack.
A NSW Police statement said that the younger woman was not successful in stealing the older woman’s handbag and ran away empty-handed.