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27th June 2003, 09:49 PM
London -

A mugger was jailed for four years recently for attacking two elderly ladies who fought back so strongly that he ended up in hospital.

Matthew Frape, 28, was left with a broken ankle when Vera Hull, 78, hit him with her walking stick. He crawled away to telephone the police for help and told them he had been set upon by five youths with an iron bar. Later he confessed he had attacked Mrs. Hull and Sheila Hastings, 71, - both just 5ft 2in tall - because "they were there".

Frape approached the women near a dark alleyway near their homes. He threw Mrs. Hastings to the ground and grabbed Mrs. Hull's handbag. Mrs. Hull said after the hearing: "I wasn't going to let him get away with it. I've always been brought up to believe that you have to fight your own corner. I managed to get to my hands and knees and hit him on the head and legs two or three times with my stick."

(The Times)