Jane Howden woke up with intruder on top of her in her Bexhill home

Jane Howden: attacked in her bed

Jane Howden: attacked in her bed

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A TERRIFIED pensioner thought she was “going to be killed” when she woke to find a burglar on top of her in bed.

Jane Howden woke up with a “black figure” on top of her with their hands over her face and mouth and the intruder said: “No, you’re not dreaming. This is really happening to you.”

The tearful 67-year-old, of Eversley Road, Bexhill, said: “He had his hands over my mouth and nose and his head was into my ear telling me to be quiet. I couldn’t breathe and was struggling.

“I thought I was going to pass out because I couldn’t get any oxygen. I didn’t know what time it was or how long it lasted but I thought I was going to be killed.”

The culprit, who Mrs Howden said looked like a “ninja”, had their face covered and was dressed all in black.

The burglar asked Mrs Howden whether she was alone in the house and shut the bedroom door when he was told there were two dogs in the house. The thug then told her to keep still, with her eyes shut.

Mrs Howden, who was hyperventilating, said: “I couldn’t see him except for a brief moment when he got off and I saw the side of him.

“He was very tall but had no face. It was just black.

“He then started tying my legs up. I thought: ‘I can’t let him tie me up or he’s going to kill me’. I was pleading for my life to him. At that stage I noticed I was bleeding from my mouth where the earlier struggle had taken place. He asked where the blood was coming from and asked why I was pleading.”

A brave and quick-thinking Mrs Howden told the thug she was “very ill” and believes he became agitated because he had her blood on him.

He demanded £70 but kept asking where the dogs were and refused to go into the hallway to get the cash.

Instead, he stole various items of jewellery before telling Mrs Howden to sit on her bed with her eyes closed and not to contact the police for ten minutes. As the person fled through the open bedroom window, the same way they entered, he said: “I’m sorry, but I’m homeless and I need the money.”

Mrs Howden said: “I moved to Bexhill in March because I wanted to retire by the sea after working hard all my life. Every day was like a holiday here, but I haven’t slept since and spend as much time as I can out of the house until late at night. He stole jewellery but at the moment I feel he’s taken my life from me. I am terrified.”

Detectives said the burglar stole distinctive gold antique rings – one with a pink diamond and the other with rubies. A string of freshwater pearls was also taken.

The suspect is described as slim, dressed all in black except his hands, which were small, and with a well-spoken voice.

DS Paul Graham, of Sussex Police, said: “There’ll be someone out there with a cut finger or twisted ankle which someone may have noticed or thought it didn’t add up, so we’d ask them to come forward.

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8:27am Sat 26 Jul 14

firemanste says...

this must be very traumatic and sincerely hope she recovers from this.anything could of happened
this must be very traumatic and sincerely hope she recovers from this.anything could of happened firemanste
  • Score: 104

9:29am Sat 26 Jul 14

Juleyanne says...

As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you.
As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you. Juleyanne
  • Score: 91

12:29pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

Juleyanne wrote:
As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you.
Sadly we all come across over peoples views we do not like or agree with, yes you can then express you view back and judge, but another way to look at it is to accept that you only have control of yourself and that however offended you are by others comments, it is those comments that allow you the freedom to express your own view.
[quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you.[/p][/quote]Sadly we all come across over peoples views we do not like or agree with, yes you can then express you view back and judge, but another way to look at it is to accept that you only have control of yourself and that however offended you are by others comments, it is those comments that allow you the freedom to express your own view. Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: -8

1:17pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Ambo Guy says...

Is youlikemyjugs actually Stevo!! with a new username?
I'm guessing he's been banned (again!) as we haven't seen his inane rants on here but we're getting ore of the same from this joker.
Is youlikemyjugs actually Stevo!! with a new username? I'm guessing he's been banned (again!) as we haven't seen his inane rants on here but we're getting ore of the same from this joker. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 76

3:52pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Mng*68 says...

"Like my jugs" types in " like thugs " on predictive ..... Says it all ! You who ever you are ... Sad n mentally deranged. What a worthless comment to make ... Can only assume the women in your family keep their distance from you. Your disrespectful .... Your comments reported from me too ....
"Like my jugs" types in " like thugs " on predictive ..... Says it all ! You who ever you are ... Sad n mentally deranged. What a worthless comment to make ... Can only assume the women in your family keep their distance from you. Your disrespectful .... Your comments reported from me too .... Mng*68
  • Score: 30

8:36pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

Mrs Newcastle wrote:
Juleyanne wrote:
As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you.
Sadly we all come across over peoples views we do not like or agree with, yes you can then express you view back and judge, but another way to look at it is to accept that you only have control of yourself and that however offended you are by others comments, it is those comments that allow you the freedom to express your own view.
Your reasonableness does you great credit but it sadly because we don't challenge such insensitive attitudes, that they abound. If anyone had seen and heard this poor woman and the damage this is going to inflict on her peace of mind for the rest of her life, then no one would suggest that she 'could have enjoyed the experience !' Don't such stupid people have mums and grandmum? Have they no empathy in their creitinous minds. Sorry but it's because such callousness is not challenged, that it's become so wideapread.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Newcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: As a victim of an attack myself, your comments are 'not funny' and frankly quite sick! I think you need help. You have clearly not one grain of compassion or understanding of the absolute fear this lady felt being in what might have been a life and death situation. Shame on you.[/p][/quote]Sadly we all come across over peoples views we do not like or agree with, yes you can then express you view back and judge, but another way to look at it is to accept that you only have control of yourself and that however offended you are by others comments, it is those comments that allow you the freedom to express your own view.[/p][/quote]Your reasonableness does you great credit but it sadly because we don't challenge such insensitive attitudes, that they abound. If anyone had seen and heard this poor woman and the damage this is going to inflict on her peace of mind for the rest of her life, then no one would suggest that she 'could have enjoyed the experience !' Don't such stupid people have mums and grandmum? Have they no empathy in their creitinous minds. Sorry but it's because such callousness is not challenged, that it's become so wideapread. Sir Prised
  • Score: 31

8:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Mng*68 says...

-22. What a sad bunch !
-22. What a sad bunch ! Mng*68
  • Score: 23

9:37pm Sat 26 Jul 14

hellohonkytonks says...

Mng*68 wrote:
-22. What a sad bunch !
And counting lol I think its your "i'm going to report you" quip thats probably caused it.People are not lovers of tell tales.Just saying
[quote][p][bold]Mng*68[/bold] wrote: -22. What a sad bunch ![/p][/quote]And counting lol I think its your "i'm going to report you" quip thats probably caused it.People are not lovers of tell tales.Just saying hellohonkytonks
  • Score: -37

12:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Youłikemyjugs says...

I apologise profusely for my unkind and nasty comment. I am very sorry. Please accept my apologies.
I apologise profusely for my unkind and nasty comment. I am very sorry. Please accept my apologies. Youłikemyjugs
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