A family today spoke of their terror after violent raiders broke into their home – beating a father aged 76 unconscious in his sleep and forcing his terrified daughter to jump from a bedroom window.
Thugs burst inside during the early hours before inflicting what police describe as an ‘appalling amount of violence’ in the attack at their home on a quiet residential street in Pennfields, Wolverhampton.
Sentimental items, around £2,000 worth jewellery and diamond earrings and a handbag containing £600 were taken.
One thief beat the father, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, while he lay in bed. They ripped a £500 gold ring containing three diamonds from his finger before bragging to his two cohorts: “Don’t worry, I’ve knocked him out”.
His daughter mother-of-two Gurpreet Chander, 52, leapt from her first floor bedroom window after frantically fearing her father had been killed.
Moments earlier, one attacker had approached her while she was in bed, whispering ‘Don’t shout, it will be ok’ while the other rifled through drawers.
She had tried to flee but was grabbed and punched in the face, knocking her to the ground. Staggering to her feet she tried to open the window but it was stuck on a catch.
All three attackers were now in her room and started to approach her so she wrestled the window open and flung herself out.
Neighbours were awoken by her screams as Mrs Chander lay on her front garden, and ran to her aid while the attackers fled.
Her daughter, Anju Chander, dashed from her home in London in the middle of the night to be at their bedside in Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital.
Anju, who is recently married and works as a security officer at Heathrow airport, today said: “We are scared senseless. We have people stopping over here now at the house as you just don’t feel safe.”
She added: “When I saw mom in hospital she was just really, really upset. She had blood all over her face and her lip was all swollen. She is in agony.
“She had landed feet first outside and the shock had gone through her body, causing internal injuries.
“My mom said when they came into her room she thought, that’s it they’ve killed my dad. I’ve got two children, I either stay here and they are going to kill me or I take a 50/50 chance and jump out of the window.”
The ordeal comes as the family are still grieving over the death of Mrs Chander’s husband Subash, aged 54, in July.
It is believed the three attackers broke into the semi-detached house, in Beckminster Road, at around 1.45am on Wednesday.
One of the men was 5ft and dressed in dark clothing, wearing a white head covering or hood and carrying a torch. The other was described as 5ft 10in and was wearing dark clothing and a face covering.
Anyone with any information should contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.