A pair of thugs who broke every bone in a disabled grandmother’s face during a baseball bat attack have been jailed for a combined 37 years.
Barbara Dransfield, who has a prosthetic leg and uses a wheelchair, suffered horrific injuries when Nathan Clark and Stephen Mortin broke into her house in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.
The gangsters had been looking for the 64-year-old’s son Daniel, 30, who owed them £100 for cannabis.
They sent him a series of threatening messages in the days leading up to the attack, with the final one four days before the assault reading: ‘My guys off to your mam’s now.’
Clark, 24, admitted conspiracy to rob and grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 19 years, while Mortin, 23, was convicted of the same offences after a trial and sentenced to 18 years.
Mrs Dransfield, whose injuries are still healing nearly a year on from the attack last July, sobbed as she spoke out about the incident following the court hearing.
She said: ‘That’s all they wanted, money, money, money. I kept saying I’ve got none but I was hit again and again.
‘The smaller one was baseball batting me and the other one threatened to slash me if I didn’t give him money because that’s all they were asking for, money.
‘Why did they do it when they knew I was disabled? It’s not as if I could fight back. I can’t accept my face because it’s still numb all over and I have been told it could take two to five years before I get the feeling back.’
She suffered a fractured skull, and her attackers added insult to injury when they made off with fishing tackle and a small amount of money.