‘Callous’ attack on disabled man
A 70-year old quadriplegic man had an oral alarm tube removed during a “callous” targeted attack in Launceston about 4am on Thursday.
The male offender who was wearing a balaclava and gloves removed the tube before stealing a large amount of cash.
The alarm tube, which is in the man’s mouth, would have allowed him to raise an alarm by blowing into the tube.
“This tube was removed by the offender, preventing the victim from raising the alarm,” Detective Inspector Gary Williams said.
The victim was not found until his carer arrived at the Gregory St, Mayfield, residence at 7am.
The thief seemed to have knowledge of the residence.
“Police are wishing to speak with anyone who may have knowledge of the identity of the person who committed that crime,” he said.
“Police are particularly appalled by the nature of this crime in which an extremely vulnerable member of the community was targeted by this offender.”
Detective Inspector Williams said it was not known whether the two knew each other. There was a short conversation between the offender and the victim.
“We believe it was a targeted attack. The fact that the offender deliberately removed the oral alarm tube from the victim led us to believe that the offender was aware that that oral alarm tube was the only way that the man could call for assistance.”