Bag snatcher mugs two women in their 70s on their way to Christmas Eve Mass
Gardai are hunting a thug who mugged two women pensioners as they made their way to Mass on Christmas Eve in south Dublin.
A 75-year-old suffered a cut over her eye when she was knocked to the ground in the shocking incident which happened at Leahy's Terrace, Sandymount, at 8.30pm on Sunday.
After knocking the elderly woman to the footpath, the robber took her handbag, which contained a purse and mobile phone.
He then turned his attention to her 71-year-old companion and grabbed her handbag before jumping in a car which drove off in the direction of Irishtown.
Seconds earlier the mugger had jumped out of the vehicle to confront the two pensioners.
The case is being investigated by Irishtown gardai, who said last night that they had no description of the suspect or the car used in the terrifying incident.
Emergency services were quickly at the scene and it has emerged that the woman who suffered facial injuries refused to be treated by ambulance personnel on the spot because she was determined not to miss Mass in a nearby church.
It is understood that both women did in fact attend the church service and the 75-year-old woman later received treatment for the cut to her face.
"This was a particularly nasty incident in which two elderly ladies were targeted and had their handbags stolen on Christmas Eve," a source said last night.
"But there is no doubt that these ladies are very plucky as they did not want to be brought off to hospital in the event that they might miss the Mass they intended to go to."
The two victims are from the Sandymount area and are understood to have been comforted by family members over the last few days. Sunday night's double mugging is just the latest instance of a crime of this nature in the Sandymount area.
Last month, a woman in her 70s was injured during a similar robbery.
The woman was waiting at a bus stop on Newgrove Avenue at about 7pm on November 10, when a man tried to rob her handbag.
The woman managed to hold on to her bag but received a number of injuries during the incident and was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for treatment.