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Burglars blamed for woman's death

Burglars who violently attacked a pensioner in her own home have been blamed for her death.

Suzy Arthur, 89, died last night, just three months after suffering a brutal assault by thieves in Co Donegal who posed as painters.

Nephew Joe McKean said the attack, from which she never recovered or got over, was the reason for her death.

"That just destroyed her life," he told Highland Radio. "If they hadn't broke into her that day, Suzy would still be alive."

Suzy and her sister Isa, 91, were attacked on July 1 at their home at Tullyrap, off the main Letterkenny to Lifford road, near Raphoe, by a gang who had offered to paint the house.

They went on to ransack the house, throwing Suzy to the ground and breaking her hip.

Isa is said to be distraught at the death of her sister.

Mr McKean said his elderly aunt was very independent and able to get about before the assault but was left unable to walk and permanently hospitalised afterwards.

"She could never walk after it - she was able to take a few steps for the first couple of weeks but after that she had just given up," he said.

The attack came during a spate of robberies targeting elderly people in Co Donegal over the summer.

No-one has yet been arrested.

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