Grandma slapped in the face and threatened on Melbourne street

Written by Javed Iqbal

ONE Melbourne Grandma has described how she is afraid to leave her home after she was hit in the face and threatened on the street.

Virginia Beckworth, 79, had gotten out of her car on Walker Street in Dandenong, in the south-east of Melbourne, just before 10am on Tuesday 14 June when she was contacted by a man asking her for money.

The 12-year-old grandmother said when she told the man she had no money, he threatened her and hit her in the face, causing her to fly around in the car.

Virginia Beckworth was slapped in the face. (Nine)

She said she caught herself just before she hit the ground.

“I feared for my life, I really did,” Beckworth said.

After the attack, she sought refuge at a nearby hair salon.

Barber Toros Ashnalian said Beckworth “screamed and cried” when she arrived at the store.

Virginia Beckworth after the attack. (Nine)

She was then taken to Dandenong Hospital to be treated for concussion.

She suffered bruising and swelling, severe headaches and hearing loss.

The assault happened just a few weeks after she underwent ear surgery.

Beckworth has said she is now afraid of being public as she is haunted by the incident.

“It’s at night when I go to bed I close my eyes and I see his face immediately coming towards me,” she said.

She desperately hopes the police will be able to track him down and prevent him from attacking others.

Beckworth has described the man as being about 183 centimeters tall with a large building and wearing a lime green hat.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police.

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