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70-year-old man bashed but manages to fight off intruder

A 70-year-old man was battered and bruised but triumphant after defying a brutal intruder who broke into his Byron Bay home early Friday morning.

The assailant broke into the Tennyson St home at about 2.30am Friday and demanded the man's wallet but he refused to give it up, despite being bashed about the head with a heavy metal and wood smokers stand.

"He used the smokers stand as a weapon and hit me around the head. He demanded a wallet which I didn't give him," the elderly man said.

"He hit me three times but I wasn't going to give him my wallet.

"He hit me so hard the plastic coating around the base of the smokers stand broke apart.

"I led him around the house to a dressing table and pretended to look for my wallet but the whole time I was watching him in the mirror.

"When he wasn't paying attention, I pushed him back and he bounced off a wall then ran off into the night."

The thief got away with $20 that he snatched from a drawer.

"It was $20 I didn't know I had," the elderly man said.

After the attacker fled, the resident called police. Police administered first-aid at the scene before taking the man to hospital where he received further treatment for the cuts on his head.

He was released later that morning.

Despite the savage attack, the life-long Byron Bay resident said he was determined to keep living as he always had.

"I won't change because of this. I'm hard to scare," said the man, who didn't want to be named until he had a chance to inform his relatives.

The attacker, who entered the home by opening a window, was described as quite tall, with grey stubble and was wearing a dark hoodie.

The man said his assailant appeared dirty and affected by drugs and alcohol.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  burglary, crime, editors picks, home invasion



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