Grandma punched in the face and threatened on Melbourne street

A Melbourne Grandma has described how she is afraid to leave her house after being punched in the face and threatened in the street.

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

The grandmother of 12 said that when she told the man she had no money, he threatened her and punched her in the face, causing her to fly through the car.

Virginia Beckworth was punched in the face. (Nine)

She said she caught herself just before hitting the ground.

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

After the attack, she sought shelter in a nearby barbershop.

Hairdresser Toros Ashnalian said Beckworth “screamed and cried” when she entered the shop.

Virginia Beckworth after the attack. (Nine)

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

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

The attack happened weeks after she had ear surgery.

Beckworth has said she is now afraid to be in public because she is haunted by the incident.

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

She desperately hopes that the police can track him down and stop him from attacking anyone else.

Beckworth has described the man as about 183 centimeters tall, of large build and wearing a lime green cap.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the police.

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