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Auckland grandmother bashed in home

ROB KIDD
Last updated 17:12 22/07/2014

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A grandmother is in hospital after being viciously beaten in her South Auckland home by an intruder.

Counties Manukau police are investigating the aggravated burglary which happened in Clover Park, Flat Bush, yesterday. They have not yet found the man responsible for the attack.

He entered the Aspiring Ave home about 10.20am where the 66-year-old woman was caring for her 9-month-old grandchild.

The victim was confronted by the intruder, who assaulted her then grabbed a laptop before fleeing the scene.
The grandmother was sent to hospital with serious head injuries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur said the level of violence was concerning. Anyone with information should come forward immediately.

"Just after the attack a person was seen walking out of the victim's driveway onto Aspiring Ave and we hope that this person can help us with our inquiries," he said.

The person is described as a Maori or Polynesian of medium build and height with bushy afro-type hair tied back with a white hair tie or band and with facial hair.

He is thought to be aged in his late 20s to mid-30s.

Harpur described it as a brazen attack on a defenceless woman.

He said construction workers were at the front of the home, working on a building site at the time of the break-in.

"It’s concerning when you’ve essentially got an elderly woman being rendered unconscious," he said.

"This type of offending is always a concern. It was an extremely violent attack. Hopefully we can hear from the public with any information."

Police have done a preliminary interview with the victim but were planning to interview her further, when her condition improves.

Harpur said she was likely to spend many days in Middlemore Hospital with head injuries.

He said it was too early to speculate what the offender’s motives were, or whether it was a randomly targeted home. 

The laptop was the only item stolen from the house.

The baby was not injured or threatened, and remains in the care of the parents who live at the address.

Anyone with information should contact Constable Aron Singh or Detective Harpur at Counties Manukau East police on 09 250 2800 or reveal it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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