Cinema owner bashed, robbed

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HAV­ING in­trud­ers hold a knife to his throat and be­ing bashed has trau­ma­tised Wem­b­ley 70year-old and Luna Cin­e­mas owner Cyril Wat­son af­ter his 15minute or­deal.

“I need some coun­selling, and I must as it keeps com­ing back to me; haunt­ing me,” Mr Wat­son said.

About 6pm on De­cem­ber 1, Mr Wat­son, a di­a­betic whose con­di­tion re­stricts his move­ments, was hav­ing an af­ter­noon nap and watch­ing TV when he heard noises in his Lake Monger Drive home.

He phoned po­lice im­me­di­ately.

He said two dark­skinned men stood over him near his bed­room while they screamed for money and threat­ened him with the knife.

“In the con­di­tion I’m in, that can give you a heart at­tack or a stroke,” Mr Wat­son said.

The threats cul­mi­nated in sev­eral punches to his face, which cut his lip.

The in­trud­ers left af­ter they re­alised they would get no more than about $40 in loose change of­fered by Mr Wat­son.

How­ever, of­fi­cers sus­pected the men’s crimes may have con­tin­ued be­cause barely five min­utes later a 52-yearold neigh­bour was punched and had teeth knocked out when he was also as­saulted by a dark-skinned man.

The vic­tim also had his BMW stolen.

The ve­hi­cle was seen be­ing driven at speed be­fore it was found by po­lice at a park on Grav­ity Street, Beck­en­ham about 7pm that day.

De­tec­tive-con­sta­ble Feli­cia Le Boy­dre said it was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated if the in­ci­dents were linked, and if the men in both in­ci­dents were to­gether.

One man was de­scribed as about 187cm tall with a solid build and short, dark and cropped hair, who wore dark cloth­ing.

Det-const Le Boy­dre said any­one near Lake Monger be­tween 5 and 6.30pm on De­cem­ber 1 who may have seen the men or the BMW should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Jon Bassett

Cyril Wat­son de­scrib­ing the mo­ment in­trud­ers threat­ened him with a knife sim­i­lar to the one on his ta­ble.

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