£2,000 reward to catch thugs who stabbed disabled woman in own home
A LIVERPOOL businessman is offering a £2,000 reward to anyone who helps convict yobs who slashed a disabled woman and killed her dog.
Kerri Delacruz was horrifically targeted by hooded thugs who entered her Dovecot home and knifed her chest, face, back and hands in an hour-long ordeal.
A 45-year-old entrepreneur was so shocked by the mother-of-three’s plight, he decided to put forward a financial incentive.
The move is backed by Crimestoppers and Merseyside police, who are hunting the teenage gang who butchered Ms Delacruz’s pet Yorkshire terrier Willow, hanging it on a stake in her garden in Snowberry Road.
The businessman, who runs a firm in Knotty Ash and wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was so sickened by what happened to this poor woman.
“The level of cowardice was shocking and those responsible have no standards. They are the sort of people who would stab each other in the back.”
The money will only be paid out if a prosecution goes ahead.
Ms Delacruz, 38, has moved out of her Snowberry Road home, which was boarded up by council bosses.
The victim, who walks with a crutch and has degenerative joint disease, was confronted by the gang - aged between about 14 and 21 - who forced her back into her home.
Inside the house, the black-clothed youths took it in turns to use a 5in kitchen knife to repeatedly slash her while threatening to disfigure her.
Police are keeping a close eye on Snowberry Road following another violent incident about a fortnight ago.
A 27-year-old man was attacked with an axe or meat cleaver in nearby Altfinch Close, leaving him with serious facial injuries.
It is not the first time the Liverpool man has offered rewards in major criminal cases in the city.
He once offered £5,000 to help catch the killer of Andrew Jones, who died after being punched six years ago, and the reward was publicised on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.
Anyone with information about the attack on Ms Delacruz should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. THE LIVERPOOL ECHO