The 91-year-old victim of a horrifying robbery in her own home in Oldbury today vowed: “I’m not going to let it beat me”.
The grandmother of four was bound and gagged as her home was raided by 43-year-old Sandra Mowbray, while her partner Lee Payne waited outside.
But the resilient pensioner today said she was determined she would get over what had happened.
She also told of her shock at being attacked by another woman.
“I’m not going to let it beat me,” she said.
“I don’t answer the door now unless I know who it is.
“Where I come from, people respected each other and treated each other well. It just seems that’s not the case these days.”
The lady, who is registered blind, said she was shocked by what unfolded at her home on June 15 last year.
“It was just so unexpected,” she said.
“With women, you just don’t expect another woman to turn on you like that.
“It’s a shock and she was a lot taller and a lot stronger than me.
“But I’m doing well now and the police and my family have been marvellous with me.
“It just makes you so much more cynical.”
Mowbray, of Richmond Hill in Oldbury, was jailed for 10 years after admitting robbery and theft while Payne, aged 39, of the same address, admitted theft and assisting an offender and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
The victim’s family welcomed the sentence and branded the attack ‘cold, callous and calculated’.
“We think it does reflect the severity of what my mother went through,” said her daughter.
“It hasn’t been easy but she has had a tremendous amount of support from the police and from family.
“We have had to put things in place to help make her feel safe in her own home.”
Her family said the attack had been ‘horrific’ and unnecessary.
“It was such a cold and calculated thing that they did because they had visited her prior to that so she had obviously calculated and knew how vulnerable my mother was,” she added.
Judge John Edwards, who sentenced the pair at Wolverhampton Crown Court, said it was a despicable crime.
“She can no longer do a good turn without feeling someone would turn on her,” he told the court.
“But she is made of stern stuff and not withstanding her appalling ordeal will not be moved out of her home.”