Grandmother feels let down after village attack
AN elderly woman who was assaulted by a man in Marnhull claims she is suffering more than the man who attacked her.
The pensioner said she suffered bruising and distress after the man grabbed her and tried to pull her clothing off as she walked home from a shop in New Street.
She said the incident ended only when a neighbour came to her aid and the man went off to his home nearby.
The woman, who does not want to be named, said she has been nervous and distressed since the attack nearly three weeks ago and shops in Shaftesbury rather than walk past the man's home to use the local store.
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The grandmother said she had been concerned and offended by the man's unusual and anti-social behaviour in recent years.
She added: "I think there are too many do-gooders protecting him – but I'm the victim and my life is worse because of him."
She wanted Signpost Housing Association where he is a tenant to take action and move him away.
She added that she felt the perpetrator's needs were more important than hers.
She said: "He grabbed me as I left the shop.
"I hit him with the newspaper I was carrying and managed to get away but he was pulling at my clothing trying to get my body-warmer off.
"He followed me to my gate and was pushing at it to get through.
"I was frightened he would get in the house.
"He was so aggressive - he was like an animal and drunk and shouting at me."
The pensioner added: "He threatened to burn my house down if I called the police but I rang them and they were here quickly.
"They were very good."
She said she had wanted the man to be prosecuted but was later told he would not be going to court.
John Wright, managing director of Signpost Housing Association, confirmed that the association was aware of the allegations and the local housing officer, Clive Wathen, had been in contact with the tenant and the victim.
He stated: "SHA's policies and procedures are centred around victims of crime, domestic, violence and incidents of anti-social behaviour.
"Wherever possible SHA will take appropriate action against perpetrators if they reside in one of our properties and in certain circumstances this could result in action to repossess their home."
A police spokesman said the man had been arrested soon after the incident and admitted the offence. He was given an adult caution.