24 Oct 2012

Pair sought after 'brutal' assault on 82-year-old

3:48 pm on 24 October 2012

Lower Hutt police are investigating what they call a brutal assault on an elderly man in his home in Wainuiomata.

Detective Sergeant Mike Sears says the 82-year-old answered a knock on the door of his house in Norfolk Street shortly before 8pm on Tuesday.

Mr Sears says the man was confronted by two teenagers who asked to speak to a person known to the victim.

The man was then pushed to the ground and hit over the head with a wooden baton.

Mr Sears says the pair demanded cash, then made a messy search of the house before leaving with some money.

The victim has bad bruising to his face and body.

The offenders are described as 15- to 16-year-olds. One of them was wearing one black and one white sports shoe.