Jenny, 84, won’t let thugs drive her out

by Sylvia Pownall
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A wheelchair bound pensioner from Mulhuddart who was hit over the head with a hammer during a violent robbery says she will not be driven her from her home.

Jenny Powell, 84, has told how she was hit over the head with a hammer and threatened with a saw at the two-room portacabin in Mulhuddart where she lives. Grandmother Jenny, who has mobility issues, is a familiar face around Blanchardstown and is known for taking in stray animals to care for them.

She said the gang who barged into her home on Friday evening “tossed” her around as they ransacked the place looking for money.

She said: “They were rummaging around under the mattress, and they hurt me, and I’ll be 85 next month. In the end all they got was €20. I’ve been living here for 20 years, and this has never happened to me before.

“These people need to be caught. I mind my own business and I’m not going to let these people drive me out. I’m angry … raging. I don’t know who they are.

“I’ve never seen them before, but I want someone to catch them. I think they must be going after people living alone.”

Jenny, who is originally from the UK, has been in the portacabin for three years after locals raised funds to improve her living conditions.

She declined hospital treatment after the attack and vowed not to let it hold her back. She revealed: “I used to live in a caravan, but this is much better now. I can struggle from the bed to the wheelchair, and from that on to my mobility scooter.”

Gardai confirmed they were investigating a report of an aggravated burglary on Powerstown Road, Mulhuddart, about 8.30pm on Friday. No arrests have been made.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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