Too scared to sleep in his own home after a violent invasion
that left his young boarders with gunshot pellets embedded in
their bodies, a 73-year-old man is seeking the public's help
to track down the attackers.
The man has spoken to the Herald about the 45-minute ordeal
when three masked attackers entered his Thames home wielding
sawn-off shotguns and a knife on Monday night.
The men held guns to the heads of the man and his 19- and
17-year-old boarders and threatened to kill his beloved dogs,
ransacked the three-bedroom house and made off with his
gold-plated watch, television, lawnmower and bank cards.
"They said if we moved we would have our heads blown off and
our dogs would be chopped up like meat," he said. "I can't
get my head around it. I am still in shock."
The man was too scared to be identified and broke down in
tears while recounting the ordeal, but hoped speaking out
would result in his attackers being found.
"I just want to die, I want to die because I can't go through
this any more. This is the worst thing I have ever been
through in my life."
Police said they did not believe the attack was random, and
the 73-year-old said there had been an altercation the week
before when a rock was thrown through his front window.
On Monday, the intruders arrived at his home about 7.30pm in
a flat-deck ute and the man and his female boarder went to
see who had pulled into his driveway.
"I got around the side of the house and the three of them
grabbed her and myself and pushed us into the room."
The male boarder arrived home from a fishing trip soon after,
and was also held captive.
"They hit me across the face with either their hand or fist
or butt of a rifle - I don't know because I was too horrified
to open my eyes."
They threatened to kill the man's dogs if he did not tell
them his pin number, and threw his 8-year-old fox terrier
across the room.
One of the men fired his gun, spraying pellets into the thigh
of the male boarder and the shoulder of his girlfriend, and
fled soon after.
The young couple ran to a nearby geriatric hospital and
raised the alarm for help about 8.20pm. All three were taken
to Thames Hospital. They were discharged the next day.
The man said the police spent two days combing the house for
fingerprints, so he had only just returned and was now facing
a cleanup and the fear of his attackers returning.
The boarders were too scared to return, he said.
Detective Sergeant Martin Hughes said investigations were
ongoing and police had "identified a number of persons of
• Contact Thames Police on (07) 858-6200 or anonymously
through Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111 with any information.