Pensioner, 87, left with horror injuries after drug addict broke into sheltered housing

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Samantha McDonnell broke into sheltered housing and badly battered an elderly man. (SWNS)
Samantha McDonnell broke into sheltered housing and badly battered an elderly man. (SWNS)

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An elderly man was left with horrific injuries after he was brutally attacked by a female drug addict who broke into his sheltered housing.

Samantha McDonnell, 37, forced her way into the complex in Bartley Green, Birmingham, on 4 March, letting herself into three flats and stealing from two pensioners and a support worker.

But during one of the robberies she was confronted by an 87-year-old man who she demanded money from.

She then brutally attacked him, unplugging her victim’s phone to stop him calling for help.

McDonnell then stole the man’s bank card and fled the scene leaving the victim lying lifeless on the floor.

Neighbours raised the alarm and he was rushed to hospital with severe injuries including a broken nose and a bleed on the brain.

Horrific pictures show the man with two swollen eyes and blood covering his face and head.

The man was left with two swollen eyes and blood covering his face and head. (SWNS)
The man was left with two swollen eyes and blood covering his face and head. (SWNS)

DNA evidence left in the flat led police to McDonnell and she was arrested at her flat in Bartley Green the day after the robbery.

Officers seized the stolen items and clothes she was wearing at the time of the attack.

McDonnell was also filmed near the pensioner’s flats by one of the support workers shortly after the robbery and was picked out on an ID parade.

She admitted theft, robbery and burglary and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court last week.

Samantha McDonnell was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court. (David Stowell/Geograph/Creative Commons)
Samantha McDonnell was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court. (David Stowell/Geograph/Creative Commons)

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “While McDonnell is a drug addict and her addiction likely drove her to commit the crimes she did, addiction can be no excuse for violence against a vulnerable, elderly person.

"The pensioner was left with a broken nose and a bleed on the brain.

"While he has since been released from hospital, his life has sadly been changed forever and he has had to move to a new home due to not feeling safe.

“Our thoughts remain with the man she attacked as he continues to recover from the horrible ordeal that was inflicted on him.”

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