BADLY BEATEN: Vivian Fehlaber
BADLY BEATEN: Vivian Fehlaber

Intruder bashes 84-year-old man

SPEAKING through a badly fractured jaw Vivian Fehlaber, 84, yesterday recalled the horror home invasion which left him in a hospital bed.

Mr Fehlaber was relaxing in front of the TV on monday night when an intruder broke into his home and brutally bashed him, demanding money.

The offender entered the West Street property about 10.15pm through an unlocked back door.

The assailant crept up behind Mr Fehlaber, who is partially deaf, and knocked him down with a blow to his face.

When his demands for money were not met the intruder assaulted Mr Fehlaber again before leaving.

"He just kept saying I want money, I want money ... he had something in his hand when he hit me, it wasn't just his fist,'' Mr Fehlaber said. He called a friend who phoned an ambulance to take him to Rockhampton Hospital.

The attack left him with a fractured jaw and major bruising across his face, he was also bleeding from his nose and mouth.

But its not the first time Mr Fehlaber's house has been broken into. On November 13 an intruder took off with an estimated $600.

Remarkably though, Mr Fehlaber says he has no qualms about returning to his West Street address.

"I'll be just as safe there as anywhere,'' he said. "Its my home.''

However, he said he wanted to see the offender brought to justice.

"I don't believe in violence but they ought to be in Singapore,'' he said.

The offender is described as approximately 20-years-old, 175 cm tall, medium build with a dark complexion, One of Mr Fehlaber's neighbours, who asked not to be named, said she did not feel safe in the area.

"It's frightening ... there are a couple of young gangs that get around here,'' she said.

"There's not much you can do, if they want to get in they will get in ... you will only keep an honest thief out.'' But investigating officer Detective Senior Constable Kelly Hanlen said there was no evidence to suggest the area was dangerous, though she conceded their were a couple of people in the area who were known to police.

However, she said police could find not motive for the attack against Mr Fehlaber.

"There is nothing he does that would provoke them.''

Anyone who saw a man matching the offender's description in the West Street area on Monday night should contact Rockhampton CIB on 49321 518 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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