Elderly Bathurst couple bashed: woken by a noise, then attacked

AN elderly couple are recovering from a cowardly assault in their Freestone Way home on the weekend.

Police are appealing for information about the assault and aggravated break and enter which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.

No one has yet been arrested for the assault, but detectives yesterday followed a number of leads about the attack.

Police said the victims, an 85-year-old man and an 83-year-old woman, were woken by a noise in their Freestone Way home in Windradyne at about 1.30am on Saturday.

Police have been told the elderly couple were approached by two men who demanded money and car keys.

The assailants assaulted the elderly man, who fell to the ground, before assaulting the woman.

The men fled the scene, taking a car.

Detectives attached to Chifley Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene. The couple’s car was found a short distance away.

The couple were taken to Bathurst Base Hospital in a stable condition and treated for numerous injuries, including cuts to the head and back and bruising to the arms and face.

The assault has received plenty of comments on the Western Advocate’s Facebook page.

When Matthew Irvine read about the attack, he said his blood was boiling.

Mr Irvine, who is a director of the Reliance Credit Union, will today launch a community account which he will kick off with a personal donation of $100 to be used to assist the couple to help secure their home.

Mr Irvine, who shared the Western Advocate’s story on Facebook, was also contacted by the owner of RCG Locksmiths, Rod Graham, who has offered to go to the couple’s house and check over their locks and security.

Mr Irvine said he was appalled that a couple in their 80s can’t be safe in their own house.

“The people who did this are cowards; they only attack the vulnerable,” he said.

Details of the account and how people can donate to it will be published in tomorrow’s edition of the Western Advocate.

Bathurst Police can be contacted on 6332 8699 and Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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