Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
UK: Northern Ireland
Pensioner mugged for 40p
Bridie McGeown: Attackers ought to be locked up
A 72-year-old woman who was beaten and robbed of just 40p has been describing her ordeal.
Speaking from her hospital bed, she said she had only a bottle of medicine and the price of a bus fare in her handbag when she was knocked to the ground and robbed.
"I was shocked a bit, more scared than anything," she said.
"I was lying on the road. He gave me that big a shake.
"I got an awful fright, I did. I thought I was dead."
The injured pensioner said that she was speaking about the attack because she wanted people to realise that there was a "real person behind the news headlines".
She said about her attackers: "I think they need locked up."