Sitting duck for thieves
By AMANDA SPROULE
AFTER five raids on his home by thieves and a serious bashing, James Davy, 78, reckons nothing short of the police can stop criminals from ransacking his house.
At 11.30pm on Sunday, two men entered his house in Little Keen Street, Lismore, one of them hitting him across the head with a block of wood.
This left him covered in blood and with head injuries serious enough to require stitches and a CT scan.
"Another hit and I would have had a funeral. I tell you what, I lost a lot of blood," said Mr Davy, holding up the blood-stained shirt he was wearing during the attack.
Senior Constable Michael Hogan, of Lismore police, said detectives were still investigating the attack and no%arrests had yet been made.
Mr Davy said this was the fifth time his house had been robbed although this was the first time he'd reported it to police.
He said he was a 'sitting duck' for thieves because he lived alone, except for a few dogs who keep him company.
"This has got to stop. I'm getting tired of being knocked off," he said.
Items stolen from the house in the five incidents included his television, money, mobile phones, and remote controls for other electronic devices, all of which were hard to replace on the aged pension.
Mr Davy didn't report earlier robberies to the police, none of which involved physical attacks on him. He reported the latest attack in the hope that police involvement will stop further attacks.
"I just want to feel safe in my own home," he said.
Mr Davy said the intruders had intended to kill or injure his dogs with the block of wood, but decided to use it to assault him because he got to them first.
"I was in a mess with blood all over me, but I was a bit lucky they never killed the dogs," he said.
Since the attack a friend has been staying with Mr Davy in case the intruders return.
Mr Davy said his neighbours were 'terrific' because they looked out for him, and that he only had to 'sing out to them' if he needed help.
Snr Const Hogan said that elderly people, especially those living alone, needed to look at security measures such as installing peepholes in doors, or looking out a window before opening the front door.
"People need to be mindful of who they let into their property," he said.