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ROBBERS THREATENED TO CUT OFF MY FINGERS; Raiders subject grandad toterror ordeal in his own home.

Byline: By MARTIN SMITH

A TERRIFIED grandfather today told how two masked robbers broke in to his home and threatened to cut off one of his fingers.

Retired Malcolm Hannah was beaten senseless and forced to lie face down while thieves raided his bungalow in Willenhall, Coventry.

While one of the raiders ransacked his home, his accomplice repeatedly threatened to cut off the fingers of Mr Hannah's left hand with a pair of secateurs.

The thug even began to slice through one of the terrified pensioner's fingers with the gardening tool despite his victim's desperate pleas.

After a five-minute ordeal, the pair fled, leaving the grandfather with a bleeding hand and severe bruising to his body.

The disabled 64-year-old divorcee said: "It was horrendous and I was absolutely terrified.

"I was shouting 'stop, stop, stop' but they wouldn't. It seemed like it was going on forever. I thought I was going to die. I thought if they were willing to cut off my finger then they would be willing to go much further."

The drama happened at 5.30pm on Tuesday.

The father-of-three was watching the antiques drama Lovejoy on TV when the men, wearing ski masks, burst through his open front door and began raining blows to his head before knocking him to the floor.

One of the thugs then wrenched Mr Hannah's left arm away and grabbed a nearby pair of secateurs.

He ordered Mr Hannah to tell them where he kept his money - or face losing a finger.

He sliced part way through one of Mr Hannah's fingers but stopped short of carrying out the threat.

They fled after stealing two Nokia mobile phones, a bottle of whisky, pounds 100 worth of Euros and pounds 8 in change.

Paramedics treated Mr Hannah for wounds to his hand as well as severe bruising.

Mr Hannah, a retired lorry driver, added: "I am still shaking now. I haven't been able to sleep since."

Both men were white and wearing ski masks.

The first was 6ft, wearing a dark jacket and with an Irish accent while the second was 5ft 5in tall and was wearing a short grey rain coat.

DC Jas Paul, a member of the robbery team at Chace Avenue police station, is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information can contact DC Paul on 0845 113 5000.

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Date:Aug 27, 2004
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