A frail great gran and her disabled daughter say they have been left traumatised after being attacked in a parking row.
Elma Kerridge, 79, was at her daughter Pauline’s house when a young female neighbour asked Elma to move her car which was parked on the drop kerb outside.
The neighbour said she wanted to put her own car there and Elma said her daughter, who has Parkinson’s disease, would do it once they finished dinner in around ten minutes time.
But things turned sour when they did move the car from outside the home in Danbury, Essex.
The young woman ran over and verbally abused Elma before allegedly starting to repeatedly punch her.
Pauline, 55, said: “My mum pulled out the space to the right and I moved my son’s car forward and reversed mine back onto the drive.
“With that the neighbour came hurling out of the house and went racing up to my 79-year-old mother and said ‘did you want to ******* fight you ****?’
“‘She replied, ‘no darling, this is Danbury, not Basildon.’
“She started to smack and punch my mum in the head several times. Seeing my mum being hit, I got hold of her hair and pulled her off.
“I didn’t want to hurt the girl.
“She turned around and started punching me in the face. She marked my face and broke my glasses.
“With that her partner came out and pulled her off of me and that was the end of it.”
Pauline added: “My mum is feeling very shaken. I can’t get the vision of her being punched in the head repeatedly out of my head. It’s an absolute nightmare.
“My head has not been right since. My bruises went from black to blue to yellow and they were very painful.”
Pauline claims some neighbours watched on and did not help the distressed pair.
Elma was left with cuts and bruises over her face which are still healing and was given a check-up by her doctor.
She recently had a triple heart bypass and also has Barrett’s esophagus, a disorder which could lead to cancer at any time.
Her daughter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009 and is unable to work
Elma said: “I feel shaky. Previous to this I had been quite ill with a bad bug and I was just getting over it but she has knocked me for six now.
“I don’t feel 100 per cent. I went to the GP and he made a note of every mark I have got. There are bruises still coming out.
“She was beating me on the head and I was putting my arms up to protect myself so my arms and fingers are black. It was like she was a boxer.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before. You don’t expect a young female to come up for no reason and say ‘do you want to fight?’ And it was all to do with moving the car.”
Pauline, who lives alone except for when her son visits from university, has said she now feels intimidated in her home.
She said: “I feel vulnerable. Now I find some of my neighbours very intimidating.
“I don’t feel like I should move. I’ve spent a lot of money on my home.”
Police have been informed of the incident and are looking into it and the two that were attacked will take part in victim support in the coming weeks.
Essex Police said: “Police received reports of a disturbance in West Belvedere, Little Baddow, at around 5.15pm on Sunday, April 9.
“A 55-year-old woman, from Little Baddow, reported she was punched in the face following an argument with a woman.
“A woman, from Braintree, was also assaulted and suffered a minor hand injury. Enquiries are ongoing.”