Grandmother of 12 punched in a random attack in Dandenong, southeast Melbourne

Grandmother-of-twelve, 79, is PUNCHED in the face after a man demanded she hand over money as she says she is now too scared to leave her home

A grandmother-of-twelve is too traumatised to leave her home after a stranger punched her in the face while she was walking down the street.

Virginia Beckworth, 79, had just gotten out of her car in Dandenong, in southeast Melbourne, at about 10am on June 14 when an unknown man approached her and demanded money.

Ms Beckworth refused before the man told her he was going to give her ‘one of those one-man king hits’ and threw a brutal punch which knocked her to the ground.

Grandmother of 12 Virginia Beckworth (above), 79, was punched in the face by a random man in southeast Melbourne at about 10am on June 14

‘I thought I was going to wake up with a brain injury, I feared for my life,’ she told Nine News.

‘(The punch) just got me and threw me around the back of the car onto the footpath.’

Ms Beckworth suffered a concussion and hearing loss, with a shocking photo showing black bruising underneath her right eye. 

She has struggled to sleep since the horrific attack which has ‘haunted’ her.

‘It’s at night time when I go to bed I shut my eyes and I see his face straight away coming towards me – that he’s going to get me again,’ she said. 

Ms Beckworth said after being knocked to the ground, the man threatened to attack her a second time.

To escape, she ran and hid in a nearby barbershop. 

‘I was hysterical. I couldn’t stop shaking,’ she told 3AW.

Ms Beckworth was treated for a concussion but has suffered hearing loss, recurring headaches and vivid flashbacks of the attack (pictured, bruising and swelling on Ms Beckworth's cheekbone)

Ms Beckworth was treated for a concussion but has suffered hearing loss, recurring headaches and vivid flashbacks of the attack (pictured, bruising and swelling on Ms Beckworth’s cheekbone)

The 79-year-old grandmother was taken to Dandenong Hospital where she was treated for a concussion.

Since the attack she has suffered bruising and swelling, intense headaches as well as the hearing loss.

Police obtained CCTV footage of the man, who is described as being tall and of a large build, but are yet to make any arrests.

Ms Beckworth said the man had turned around to attack her a second time before she ran to hide inside a nearby barber shop (above)

Ms Beckworth said the man had turned around to attack her a second time before she ran to hide inside a nearby barber shop (above)

He was wearing a lime green beanie at the time of the attack and Ms Beckworth described him as being of a Maori background.

Ms Beckworth said she hopes the man is caught ‘before he gets anybody else’.

Anyone with information relating to the attack is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

Police are investigating. 

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