AN ELDERLY lady who was brutally robbed and attacked in her own home has 'deteriorated rapidly' since the incident last year, the detective who brought her assailants to justice said.
The 84 year-old, of Cuckoo Hill Road in Pinner, sustained serious injuries after being pushed over on her own doorstep and dragged around the property, and the group responsible were sentenced just before Christmas.
In April last year, Kevin Patel, 34, of Kenmore Avenue in Kenton and Nikhil Patel, 21, of Radstock Avenue in Harrow were in the Pinner area claiming they were collecting money for a Macmillan Nurses Cancer charity sponsored walk and police say they called at more than 20 addresses.
The day before the attack, the pair had knocked at the door of the victim's home to ask for sponsorship for a non-existent sponsored walk.
The victim gave them £10 and the following night they returned with two teenage boys, who knocked on the door asking to look for a lost rabbit.
The victim turned them away, and minutes later they knocked on the door again this time with Nikhil Patel ( pictured below).
She told them to go away but Kevin Patel then appeared and pushed her to the ground and attacked the vulnerable woman, causing severe head injuries and cuts to the arms and legs. He dragged her from room to room and then stole her handbag which had £100 cash inside it.
Detective Constable Paul Matthews, of Hillingdon Police, said: “I visit her every week to see how she is getting on and she is deteriorating rapidly.
“She had to have staples in her head because her head injuries were so bad, and there was a four or five inch gash on her head which she got from being thrown around her house by one of the men.
“He threw her against the banister and into the kitchen and dragged her across the floor. “She came out with deep cuts on her arms and her legs.”
Police arrested Kevin Patel within a day of the offence and laboratory analysis of his footwear identified the DNA of blood from the victim. By checking Patel’s phone police were able to trace the other participants.
Kevin Patel was given seven years and eight months’ imprisonment on December 19 at Isleworth Crown Court after admitting robbery and conspiracy to defraud.
Nikhil Patel, who is not related, admitted theft and was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and was jailed for 20 months.
The 15 year-old teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and was given a youth referal order at Uxbridge Youth Court.
The other youth involved, a 14 year-old, was acquitted of all charges.
Det Con Matthews said: “I am satisfied that they are in prison but no sentence can make up for what they put that lady through.
“These cases show the importance of householders checking carefully for anyone coming to the door purporting to be charity collectors.
“Such people should always have a verifiable identification, and if there is any doubt, the police should be called.
“In this case the scam led to a robbery and a cowardly and sustained attack on an old lady, for which the culprits have been brought to book after careful and thorough police work.”