Stranger with a saw attacks ‘terrified’ pensioner on mobility scooter

Stranger with a saw attacks ‘terrified’ pensioner on mobility scooter

A pensioner on a mobility scooter was left ‘terrified’ after a stranger armed with a saw violently attacked him in the street.

The 65-year-old victim, who has hip problems and only one arm in working order, was on his way to meet a friend when he first scooted past Jane Rogers.

The attacker was with two men and had a saw in her hand when she repeatedly bit the victim on the ear and pulled his hair, StokeOnTrentLive reports.

The victim said he was left fearing for his life during the incident in Hanley, Staffordshire on July 25.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the mobility scooter user did not know the attacker and was left with cuts to his ear and forehead.

Gerald Bermingham, prosecuting, told the court: “He thought nothing more about it and continued on his way.

“When he came down the road, the defendant grabbed him from behind in a neck brace. She dropped the saw and said to him, ‘You’ve been following me and messing with my family’.

“He said, ‘I don’t know you, just go away’. She kept coming back to him with the saw.

“She moved away and came back biting him on the ear and pulling his hair. She cut his ear, getting more vicious each time.

“She tried to take the keys out of the ignition. They dropped to the floor.”

The victim attempted to push Rogers away but she continued to attack him.

His screams for help alerted members of the public, who came to his aid.

When police arrived they found 42-year-old Rogers hiding behind a wall on Poundland’s car park. Officers also discovered the saw and seized it, the court heard.

The defendant, of Newshaw Walk, Hanley, was arrested and interviewed.

Mr Bermingham told the court: “She claimed to have little recollection. She thought her drinks may have been spiked because she felt she was having something of an out-of-body experience.”

In a victim personal statement, the disabled pensioner said: “This horrific incident has had a huge impact on my life. I’ve never been shaken up like this before.

“My whole personality has changed. I feel very bitter. It has crucified my nerves.”

He added: “I thought I would lose my life that day.”

At the hearing, Rogers pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Barry White, defending, said: “She had been staying in a property with a number of men. While there, she had consumed some drugs.

“She left the property and wasn’t wearing any shoes. She has a recollection of going into a shop for a drink.”

Work was apparently being done inside the store and Rogers later recalled seeing a saw and taking it out of the shop.

“She then saw the complainant and recognised his face,” added Mr White.

“She is very remorseful for what she has done.”

Rogers was jailed for 18 months by Judge Paul Glenn.

Sentencing her, Judge Glenn told Rogers: “You were wielding a saw. The saw came into contact with his head. You struck him a number of times. He was terrified.”

The court heard that Rogers has been receiving mental health support.