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