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British pensioner dies after 3rd mugging in 2 years

An 84-year-old British woman has died weeks after she was mugged for the third time in less than two years, British media reported Wednesday.
/ Source: msnbc.com

An 84-year-old British woman has died weeks after she was mugged for the third time in less than two years, British media reported Wednesday.

Her family and friends told the BBC and other news agencies that they believe the attacks contributed to the death of the former cotton mill weaver.

Ora Walton apparently died in her sleep in a chair and was found collapsed on her bedroom floor Sunday by her 87-year-old widowed sister, Amy Parkinson, at their home in Burnley Wood, Lancashire, northwest England.

In the most recent assault, Oct. 18, Walton was thrown to the ground after she left a Burnley post office where she had just collected her 136-pound (about $215) pension, said The Burnley Citizen newspaper.

Her purse containing the money was stolen and she suffered severe bruising to her legs and arms, the Daily Mail reported.

After the pension theft, the community tried to raise money for Walton and she became something of a community celebrity.

"The thief must have been watching me and followed me home," she said afterward.

Michael Brooks, 58, admitted the pension robbery and is due to be sentenced Nov. 29, the BBC said.

"She used to walk everywhere, but after the attack she was scared to leave the house," great-nephew Chris Parkinson told the Daily Mail.

Previously, Walton's bag was snatched and two men pretending to be from the gas board grabbed her Christmas cash, British media reported. 

A close friend, Councillor Karen Heseltine, told the Citizen that she believed the latest mugging left Walton in a lot of pain but she didn't show it.

"A week after her incident a lady fell over at the bottom of Parliament Street and I went to help," Heseltine told The Citizen. "Ora then arrived and was offering to help her, so soon after what she had been through."

Lancashire police told the Citizen that the coroner on Thursday is scheduled to determine Walton's cause of death.

“We will only get involved if the coroner decides to pass it back to us,” a police spokesman told the Citizen.