This photograph, which appears on a number of local news websites
, was released by Bromley Police. The victim, who has yet to be identified, was taken to hospital after being beaten in Widmore Road, Bromley. The attack happened on October 15, and two arrests have since been made: 18 year old Christopher Garvey and 19 year old Samantha Fenton, have been charged with assault.
Bruises tend to look a lot worse than they are but any serious assault on an elderly person, woman or man, is always potentially fatal because of the risk of opportunistic infections, especially if something is broken. Fortunately, that appears not to be the case here.
Meanwhile, the Mature Times
, the newspaper for older folk, is reporting a similar attack with a happy ending, though not for the thug concerned. Seventy-one year old John Cokeley was attacked by a thug who was not only 6 feet 4 inches tall but 31 years his junior. Unfortunately for Mark Pearce
, his intended victim was a former undefeated Army regimental boxing champion, and gave as good as he got with compound interest.
This was not a mugging that went wrong; according to another source
, Mr Cokeley was watching TV when he heard a commotion outside and went to intervene in a dispute between neighbours. After telling Pearce to calm down, he was punched in the face; that was his second mistake. The old soldier put his man down, and after the police came, he was floored again, this time with a suspended sentence and an order for costs. Hopefully this will end there.
Old soldiers never die, and sometimes, they don't even fade away!