27 May '11, 7am

89-year-old woman beats a knife-wielding robber with her handbag

SYDNEY - AN 89-YEAR-OLD Australian woman who used a handbag to beat off a knife-carrying would-be robber said on Friday she would do it all again, adding she would have 'killed him if I could'. The woman, known only by the pseudonym Jean, was chatting with two friends in an underground car park in Melbourne on Thursday after buying a bottle of wine to enjoy after a day's shopping when a 'grubby' man approached. When he allegedly held a knife to the throat of Jean's 82-year-old lifelong friend and demanded her handbag, Jean acted without hesitation. 'I thought he was going to kill (her) and I wasn't going to have that, and I just hit him with my bag on his face,' Ms Jean said. 'I'd have killed him if I could.' The grandmother with the knife at her throat had already attempted to kick the would-be thief in the groin. 'He was just saying 'Give me your bag! Give me your bag! A...

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