‘The people that did this are scum’ – daughter of battered Gants Hill dementia victim
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A pensioner who was “left for dead” following a burglary has no recollection of her ordeal.
Zallu Hassan, 83, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was left with a broken cheek bone and lower jaw, a fractured eye socket and upper jaw after intruders broke in to her home in Eastern Avenue, Gants Hill.
The victim’s daughter Tulay Ahmadi, 46, believes the injuries were caused by the suspects kicking and stamping on her mother’s face during the raid last week.
The family is trying to work out what was stolen as Tulay says her mum has “nothing of real value” at the house and nothing obvious is missing.
Tulay said: “The people that did this are scum. They would probably do this to their own mothers. They’re animals – any human being who has any kind of respect would not do this. If I could I would inflict the same pain onto them 10 times over.
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“It’s just horrific – she was upstairs in her bedroom when we found her there covered in blood, we thought she was dead when we saw the blood coming out of her ears.”
Zallu, who has short-term memory loss, was left safe and well by her daughter-in-law on Monday March 9 at about 6pm and was found the next morning at about 8am with the house ransacked.
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Zallu was “very mobile” according to Tulay.
She said: “I feel like this has advanced her Alzheimer’s – she’s become very reclusive.”
The family is offering a £10,000 reward for any information that will lead to an arrest and conviction.
Det Sgt Jim Casey said: “This was a vicious and cowardly attack on a vulnerable elderly lady and I would appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on Eastern Avenue near to the junction of Ashurst Drive to come forward.”
Zallu is in a stable condition at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, where she is being treated. No arrests have been made.
Tulay said: “If someone knows something they should come forward. It could’ve been their mother. I won’t rest until I find out who did this.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.