Teens bash 90yo - ‘Vermin’ invade woman’s home

A 90-YEAR-OLD woman has been left battered and bruised after she was viciously attacked during a home invasion at South Tamworth on Saturday night .

Two males, believed to be aged in their early teens, stormed the Winston Pl home at about 11pm, allegedly kicking in the front door before setting upon the elderly woman who had gotten up to investigate the noise.

Armed with a piece of timber from the door frame, one of the accused repeatedly struck the woman in the head and upper body, before both males demanded money.

When the bloodied senior said she had nothing to give they fled the scene empty handed, but not before the gutsy senior told them to “take a good look at what they have done”.

The woman was treated at the scene for lacerations to her forehead, shoulder and wrist and is said to be traumatised by the vicious assault.

Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd condemned the disgusting act and said it was hard to say whether it was a premeditated.

“Obviously there is vermin out there who like to target elderly people, which says everything about their character,” Acting Superintendent Budd said.

He said police were “heartened” to see the response from neighbours in the usually quite street, who stayed with the victim overnight.

Meanwhile a 20-year-old Tamworth man remained behind bars yesterday after terrorising two elderly men early yesterday morning.

Police allege the man, who was believed to be on drugs, forced his way into a Bourke St residence at about 6.10am and threatened o kill the 75-year-old occupant.

A short time later the accused left the premises and walked to Peel St where he forced an 83-year-old motorist to stop his car.

When the man complied and wound down his window, the offender opened the car door and punched the victim numerous times in the head while also threatening to take his life.

After the attacker retreated, the 83-year-old made his way to Tamworth Police Station and alerted officers to the attack.

“He walked in covered in blood, it was quite a horrible sight,” Acting Superintendent Budd said.

Police attended the scene and found the offender a short distance away and took him into custody.

The 83-year-old was taken to hospital for assessment scans.

The attacks come just three months after Ursula Bakker, then 79, was mugged in broad daylight at Tamworth’s City Plaza car park.

She suffered a bleed to the brain, a broken eye socket, broken nose, broken arm and significant bruising as a result of the struggle.

Acting Superintendent Budd acknowledged the incidences but moved to allay fears of a rampant crime wave.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the young males is urged to contact Tamworth police or Crime Stoppers on  1800 333 000.

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