A BRUTAL attack on a 17-year-old has left her too scared to be in her home alone.
Danielle Russell was punched repeatedly on the head in her home in Yewside, Gosport, after disturbing two burglars.
Speaking to The News, Danielle said the attack has left her unable to be alone as she does not feel safe in her home any more.
‘I am scared to be in my own home,’ she said.
‘I can’t even stay at my sister’s house alone and had to go to work with her because I was too scared.
‘The other night, I had to ask my 11-year-old brother Cain to sit in my room with me when I went to bed.
Now I don’t feel safe in my own home and that isn’t right.Danielle Russell
‘I used to be really confident at going places on my own and staying alone in the house.
‘Now I don’t feel safe in my own home and that isn’t right.’
Danielle was attacked on Monday when she came home at 10pm.
Her family were out but she saw her mum’s bedroom door was half-open and heard noises. When she went to look, the door was barged open.
One of the burglars grabbed Danielle by her hair and started punching her face.
She said: ‘I was pulled downwards by my hair as the person punched my head and face.
‘He kept hitting me and someone else kicked my legs causing me to fall to the floor.
‘They carried on punching me and I just remember curling up in a ball trying to protect myself.’
The burglars then left the house, leaving Danielle with bruises to her cheekbone and head and scratches on her neck. She added: ‘I can’t remember if I lost consciousness but I don’t know where the scratches came from. I don’t remember.’
Danielle’s mum Kim said she was stunned by what happened.
‘I am trying to stay strong for Danielle but I can’t believe what happened,’ she said.
‘When we got home, her face looked horrendous.’
Police are appealing for any witnesses who might have seen the men, who were white, aged about 17 or older, and wearing dark hooded tops and grey tracksuit bottoms.
Detective Constable Jamie Fagan said: ‘The offenders acted in a spineless, despicable way, attacking a teenage girl and continuing to assault her when they could have made their escape without causing injury.’
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Fagan at Fratton police station by calling 101.