|Teenagers in Court Over Greenford Pensioner Murder|
Paula Castle, 85, died after being mugged in alley
Two teenagers have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a partially-sighted 85-year-old who died after being mugged Greenford.
The children, aged 14 and 15, from Southall in west London, appeared at Uxbridge Youth Court .
They will next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
Paula Castle, 85, of West Ridge Gardens, Greenford, was the mother of former Cleveland Ward Conservative Councillor Brian Castle (who died from a heart attack in 2007).
Police were called to an alleyway off Oldfield Lane South, Greenford approximately 13:50hrs on Monday 19 November.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and located Mrs Castle collapsed and conscious with a head injury.
Mrs Castle, a widow who lived alone, and registerd blind, was initially taken to Ealing Hospital, then transferred to St Mary's Hospital, where sadly, her condition deteriorated and she died at 02:14hrs on Tuesday 20 November.
It is believed two suspects, approached the victim from behind and stole her handbag. In the process the victim was assaulted and she fell to the pavement.
The suspects, who were dressed in dark clothing, then ran off in the direction of Farndale Crescent with the handbag.
Officers have since recovered the bag in Farndale Crescent.
Police continue to appeal for any witnesses to please come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor, of the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the sequence of events which will have occurred in a potentially busy area of Greenford in daylight. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the victim or the suspects at the time."
Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020
87214868; or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
23rd November 2012