El­derly Clyde cou­ple fear ret­ri­bu­tion

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An el­derly Clyde cou­ple are wor­ried they are be­ing tar­geted for ret­ri­bu­tion af­ter two large rocks were thrown through win­dows in their Suther­land St home.

Tom Cour­nane and wife Mary were asleep when rocks, weigh­ing be­tween about 15kg and 25kg, came hurtling through the kitchen and bed­room win­dows about 12.05am on Septem­ber 2.

Tom, 80, be­ing hard-of-hear­ing, thought noth­ing of it un­til he got up the next morn­ing to find one large lump of schist sit­ting on a chair near the kitchen win­dow and an­other on a bed in the spare bed­room. He knew it was just af­ter mid­night af­ter check­ing the time on his iPad.

Mary, 76, thought she heard a car speed off in the mo­ments af­ter.

Tom felt the only ex­pla­na­tion was one of ret­ri­bu­tion.

‘‘We don’t know ex­actly why but I did se­cu­rity for about 30 odd years or so and I could have aroused some­body.

‘‘Why else would they do it un­less they are try­ing to get at me?

‘‘I al­ways used to play it straight when I worked in se­cu­rity. I do know my way round. I do know how to han­dle my­self,’’ Tom said.

He was not con­cerned about his own wel­fare, but was wor­ried for Mary.

‘‘I’m not wor­ried about my­self but, you know, I’ve got my wife here.

‘‘I’m con­cerned for Mary. I mean, that rock could have come through her win­dow.

‘‘One of the rocks landed on the bed. It could have killed some- one.’’

Tom said the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble had to have carted the rocks to his home and due to their size and weight ‘‘it couldn’t have been a small kid’’ that did it.

Mary said it seemed ‘‘bloody strange’’ that some­one would wait un­til now to ex­act re­venge.

‘‘It just seems ridicu­lous. If you’re go­ing to pick on some­one, why do it now?,’’ she said.

The cou­ple, mar­ried for 43 years, had not slept well since the in­ci­dent.

It was not the first time the pair had been tar­geted. In an eerily sim­i­lar in­ci­dent just be­fore Christ­mas last year, large rocks were again shoved through their win­dows, cost­ing about $600 to re­pair.

Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ‘‘in­ten­tional dam­age’’.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Tom Cour­nane, at his Clyde home, hold­ing one of two rocks that came smash­ing through his kitchen win­dow last Fri­day.

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