An elderly grandmother used her late husband’s military sword to chase a violent robber from her home.
Grandmother, 87, chases robber from her home with sword after brutal attack: A court heard she had been the subject of a brutal robbery. The violent intruder, Ashley Riley, repeatedly punched his victim, Anastasia Lukianchikov, and struck her about the head. He stole jewellery and cash as he pinned her to a bed. Although she suffered a fractured spine in the brutal attack she managed to chase him from her home. At Isleworth crown court Judge Sarah Paneth said “There’s no doubt Mrs Lukianchikova was not going to give in easily.
Far from cowering in her room, Mrs Lukianchikova – with immense courage – followed you down the stairs, having armed herself with her husband’s military sword. By the time she got there, you were making your way out through the front door.” Riley, who has a series of convictions and a drug habit, was sentenced on Monday to 13 years in jail. The judge called him “dangerous”. She said “I have little doubt part of the motivation for this brutal attack was to stop her from shouting for the police”.
Riley had selected the victim’s house as he thought it looked like an elderly person lived there. He used a stone to smash a window at around 3am on New Years Eve last year. Mrs Lukianchikova got out of bed to investigate the noise and found Riley at her bedroom door. Prosecutor James O’Connell said “She recalls the defendant shouting out and striking her on the head, before dragging her and throwing her on to the bed face down.
He pulled her nightshirt right over her head, leaving her naked and covering her mouth, causing her to fear she would be the victim of rape.
She put up what fight she could, sliding down on to the floor from the bed to avoid suffocation.” The court heard Mrs Lukianchikova grabbed a lamp and to defend herself before being overpowered and punched repeatedly.
Mrs Lukianchikova told the court “I was in pain and total shock, and was actually very concerned for my life. I thought I was going to die. He began to shout ‘money, money’ and I screamed for help, but this angered him more and he picked up one of the pillows and began to suffocate me in bed. I would like the person who did this to me to go to prison for a very long time, as I don’t want him to do it to anyone else.”
In an apology letter Riley wrote “I am utterly and truly sorry for this crime. I feel sick to the stomach every time I think about what I did.” DC Toby Prassant said “I’m pleased Ashley Riley is off the street for a lengthy period of time, firstly for the elderly victim who obviously experienced an abhorrent act of violence during the robbery and secondly to alleviate any future risk to the wider public.”
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