Battered pensioner left with broken eye socket and chipped skull after brutal carjacking
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Reginald Stocking was left lying in the street outside his home in West Bromwich, West Mids, after being mown down by the thief as he tried to stop them escaping in his Peugeot.
The 78-year-old granddad of three suffered bleeding in his brain, a broken nose as well as two smashed eye sockets and two chips in his skull.
The vicious attack happened just after 9.20pm on Sunday May 10 after the retired engineer dropped his 80-year-old wife Sylvia after picking her up from bingo.
David Stocking, the couple’s 47-year-old son, said: “It’s horrifying what they’ve done to dad.
“Mum phoned me as soon as it happened and I drove round and saw him lying in the road lifeless.
“All we know is the police think he tried to stop them.
“He dropped mum off, drove around and jumped out to open the gate and was jumped.”
West Midlands Police suspect the carjacker was a man lurking before he returned from the bingo with wife Sylvia.
Reginald’s injuries were caused by him being thrown against a wall by the force of the collision and have been described as ‘life-changing’.
He was found by neighbours and is currently being cared for at Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich.
David said: “Dad can’t remember a thing.
“He’s just spending his time sleeping and is hooked up on medication to ease the pain.
“You heard about things like this all the time on the news but you never expect it to happen to your elderly dad.”
The thief – described as a man who is over 6ft tall and of stocky build – drove off in Reginald’s light blue Peugeot 207 – registration BK60 LXN – which is still missing.
DC James Ashcroft, from Sandwell Police investigation team, said: “The elderly victim was rushed to hospital where he is being treated for serious head injuries.
“We are yet to trace the stolen Peugeot and urge people to keep an eye out for it in the local area.
“We believe it will have some damage to the front and rear end as it collided with the victim and a wall before driving off.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sandwell Police investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.