A THUG battered a frail widow and stole her late husband’s crucifix from around her neck.
Maureen Dickson was left bleeding and unconscious on the pavement after the brutal vicious street attack.
The 62-year-old from Piershill - known to friends as Mo - has worn the jewellry ever since husband Bob died in 2012.
She had gone out on Saturday with a friend to Broadfields Bar close to her home when she was set upon and robbed.
Mrs Dickson needed more than 12 stitches to a gaping wound on her face and suffered a fractured eye socket.
But she has no memory of the brutal attack and fears that her precious memento will never be recovered.
She said: “I don’t get to go out very much. We were chatting away and listening to people singing karaoke and I think it was about midnight when I left.
“It’s only a five-minute walk home so I thought it would be fine. The next thing I can remember was waking up in the hospital. I was shocked and all sore.”
Mrs Dickson was found on Northfield Broadway on the same street as the pub and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
She said: “When I left someone must have punched me in the face. The doctors said I had no lacerations to my legs so it didn’t look like I tripped. I had the gold chains on and you had to take the clips off to remove them.
“It was a gold choker and another one with a crucifix. You couldn’t pull them off, you would have to unclasp them.”
Her husband was a demolition worker before taking ill and the couple, who were childhood sweethearts, had been married for more than 40 years.
She started wearing the chains to remember them and had never taken them off.
He died on Christmas Eve 2012 and their son Keith died at the age of 25 nearly two decades ago.
Mrs Dickson, who worked as a bookkeeper before retiring, suffers from several health problems including a stomach illness.
She is looked after by next door neighbour and friend justine, who is also her carer.
A close family friend said: “Mo is a lovely, sweet lady who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“She’s well-known in the community as she’s been here for many years.
“Everyone is disgusted that this could happen to her.
“Mo and Bob were inseparable and she misses him so much. Only an evil scumbag would steal jewellery from the neck of a frail old lady. We’re just praying she gets them back.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed they were investigating the incident which happened at the weekend.