THE DAUGHTER-in-law of an elderly widow who died after being mugged by teenagers in Greenford has asked why the attackers were not better supervised.
The 15-year-old muggers cannot be named for legal reasons but will face years behind bars after they admitted manslaughter this week.
Partially-sighted grandmother of three, Paula Castle, 85, was knocked down during an attack by the 15-year-olds in broad daylight last November.
Daughter in law Jane Castle, from Ealing, said she thinks the boys should be named otherwise it seems as though they are being protected. She said that although they are technically children, they committed a serious crime.
She added: “The police have done a wonderful job and I want to get that across. They kept us informed, were phoning and visiting, and tracked the boys down very quickly. They had search teams and used all the expertise they had.
“They did their best but why were the boys allowed to walk the streets. The lack of supervision needs to be addressed. It needs to be looked at and something should be learnt from it for the future.
“The boys had no remorse and no respect for the elderly. It’s really hard. It has impacted a lot of people: neighbours, friends and relatives.”
Mrs Castle, of West Ridge Gardens, Greenford, was walking along the alleyway between Goring Way and Oldfield Lane South when she was pushed to the ground and robbed. She was found by a passer-by with facial injuries and her shopping trolley upturned.
The victim was still conscious when police arrived on the scene and she was able to describe what happened to officers.
She was taken to Ealing Hospital then transferred to St Mary’s in Paddington where she was pronounced dead the following day. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be head injuries.
Mrs Castle was the mother of late Ealing Conservative Councillor Brian Castle of Cleveland ward who passed away in 2007. She has been described by her daughter in law as very independent, quiet and private.
Both boys will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on May 9.