Charge over OAP attack

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A MAN has been arrested and charged following an assault on a 75-year-old church elder as she walked home from visiting a sick parishioner.

Evelyn Crawford was violently assaulted in Groathill Road North on January 15 and left fighting for her life in hospital.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged following the attack.

He was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday.

Mrs Crawford, who was honoured as Drylaw Citizen of the Year in 2007, suffered injuries to her head, broken fingers and broken ribs which punctured her lung in the attack.