Fearless pensioner punches burglar and sends him packing
A FEARLESS pensioner has told how she punched a burglar she found in her home – and sent him packing.
Joan Parmenter, 79, discovered Luke Clay with his brother, Lee Clay, in her front room at 11pm on Friday, February 18.
Luke hit her right temple and she responded with an "almighty punch" to his jaw.
He landed face down on her couch amongst her collection of toy animals from her travels around the world, she said.
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The Clays then fled from her home, but ran into the path of a car, which had to make an emergency stop.
Miss Parmenter ran out of her house after the burglars and shouted "stop him!"
Sophie Buckthorpe, who had been in the car, called police.
Both men were later arrested and admitted they were the burglars.
Yesterday, Miss Parmenter and Ms Buckthorpe were commended by a judge at Nottingham Crown Court for their actions.
They were awarded £250 each from public funds.
The Clays each received eight months in prison after admitting the burglary in Vernon Road, Basford.
Luke, 21, of Austrey Avenue, Beeston, received a further four months, to be served consecutively, for common assault for hitting her.
Jim Metcalf, prosecuting, told the court how the pair broke in as Miss Parmenter watched television in her living room at the back of the house.
She heard two loud bangs coming from the front of the house and went to investigate.
When she walked in to her front room and switched on the light, the Clays were both standing there.
"They were all in black, with woolly hats and scarves over their faces," she said.
"I just went for them to stop them. It was impulse.
"I'd do it again. I'm not frightened of anybody."
Miss Parmenter, who grew up in the same house, has never married or had children.
She worked as a secretary for textile manufacturers Viyella in Castle Boulevard, Nottingham city centre, and moved with the company to Somercotes, Derbyshire.
She took early retirement when she was 53 years old and headed off around the world.
When she returned, she settled in the house where she has many happy memories.
She was particularly upset the burglars stole a carriage clock, bought for her by her mum on the first anniversary of her father's death, which she found smashed in the street.
Lee Clay rang police after the break-in and handed himself in. He told arresting officers he wanted to admit the offence.
When interviewed by police, 25-year-old Luke Clay, also of Austrey Avenue, admitted the offence.
He said they had been drunk and wanted money for food.
Lee Clay also said he owed £1,000 to a drug dealer and that the intention was to buy further drink and drugs.