A GRANDMA who was left fearing for her life after an horrific mugging in a takeaway says her attacker should never be allowed to hurt anyone else.
Jean South, 52, of Broadfield Road, Accrington, was on her way to Oldham for a last-minute Christmas shopping trip in December last year with her husband Len, 70, when she was attacked and mugged in the toilets of Bury’s Burger King.
As she unlocked the cubicle her attacker, David Ellis, 23, of Whitefield Road, Bury, smashed the door into her face before repeatedly punching her so hard he knocked out her front teeth.
The former owner of Jean’s Military Memories in Great Harwood says she has been left disfigured and lacking in confidence since the attack, and for her own piece of mind she had to see Ellis sentenced in court on Monday.
Mrs South said: "I was really relieved when he eventually pleaded guilty to what he had done to me because I wasn’t sure whether I could face taking to the witness stand.
"In my opinion they should have locked him up and thrown away the key so he couldn’t hurt anyone else, but I understand everybody deserves a second chance.
"My main purpose in following him to court was to make sure he couldn’t do this again because after the attack I looked as though I’d been in a road accident.
"The last eight months have really changed who I am as a person. I often find myself shaking with fear in situations that would not have bothered me at all before.
"Since the attack I have been looking for work locally and I have been really upset by the response I have had. A lot of people just see the scars on my lip and not the person behind them."
Mrs South, who has three grandchildren, is still recovering from the attack and has at least six months of dental treatment ahead of her for the damage caused to her teeth.
Ellis also stole £20 and her watch during the attack.
He was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to four years and six months in jail for the attack and robbery and to 12 months for an unrelated burglary. The sentences will run concurrently minus the 90 days he has already served in custody.