West Midlands Police are seeking the public’s help, following the death of a “bubbly, happy” 68 year old woman, 16 days after she had her handbag snatched outside her Kings Norton home.
A manslaughter investigation has now been launched into the death of Carole Mudie.
Mr Mudie was attacked just after 11pm on Sunday 6th January as she returned home to Hawkmoor Gardens, Hawkesley following a night out.
As she walked from her car to her front door, a robber pushed Mrs Mudie into a bush as he stole her handbag. She suffered a broken hip and had to undergo surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Sadly, Mrs Mudie died in hospital on January 22nd.
Mrs Mudie’s, daughter Carey paid tribute to her mother in a statement issued by police today: “Mom was bubbly, happy and had a great sense of humour. She lived for us and the children; she was selfless like that and she had so many friends.
“Our world has been blown apart and we can’t believe that she has gone. The whole family is devastated that she has been taken from us in this way.”
Detective Sergeant Andy Bradley issued an appeal for the public to come forward with information today. He said: “We now really need the public’s help as we progress this inquiry, following the tragic turn of events.”
According to DS Bradley a man, in custody in relation to other crimes, has been questioned about the incident.
“But what we desperately need is for anyone who witnessed the robbery of Carole Mudie to come forward.
“I’m keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who may have witnessed the offender fleeing the scene following the crime.”
DS Bradley stressed that any information may help. He said: “Regardless of how irrelevant you think it may be, the smallest piece of information could be all we need to be able to get justice for Mrs Mudie.”
Anyone with information should contact Force CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who feels worried about going out can visit the Safer Streets website for advice.
West Midlands Police also issued figures to reassure local people that robbery is on the decrease across the city, falling by 25.2 per cent over the past nine months. Between April 2012 and January 2013 there were 2,434 offences compared to 3,255 the year before equating to 821 fewer offences.