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Mount Druitt Local Area Command

Elderly Man Assaulted – Whalan

Police from the Mount Druitt Local Area Command are appealing for public assistance following an aggravated break and enter in Whalan overnight.

About 11 pm the 76-year-old occupant of a villa on Bulolo Drive was sitting in his loungeroom.

He heard a knock at the front door and when he opened it, saw a man standing at the door in possession of a firearm.

After investigations by Police it was confirmed that the intruder did not possess a firearm. The elderly man recognised his assailant of who regularly frequents this particular block of units. It is understood that the offender is a local to the area.

Mount Druitt Local Area Command Chief Inspector Wayne McMahon described the actions of the offender as a “Fairly pathetic act. The offender possibly knows the victim. The elderly man is a 75 year old retired pensioner who lives alone in his Housing Commission home.”

The man picked up a small-handled shovel that he had near the front door and a struggle ensured between the two parties.

The alleged offender overpowered the elderly man striking him in the head a number of times with the spade.

The man, described as being of Aboriginal appearance, aged about 45, with a medium build, and wearing a pale top and jeans, fled the home.

The victim suffered multiple lacerations to his head and was taken to Nepean Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

“Put distance between yourself and the offender. Don’t try to take on the aggressor.” Mount Druitt Local Area Command Chief Inspector Wayne McMahon gave this advice to the community when a person is confronted in a similar manner.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information about this incident to contact Mount Druitt Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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