‘Cal­lous’ at­tack on dis­abled man

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - NICK CLARK

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.”

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