Monday, 23 February 2009 - 11:47am |
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85 year old male randomly attacked

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Counties Manukau Police are currently investigating an assault on an 85 year old male.

Eric Brady an 85 year old Papatoetoe local man was last night attacked in the car park of the Papatoetoe RSA.

Brady had been enjoying a quiet drink in the RSA which is situated along Wallace Road. At around 8.30pm he left the RSA through the rear door which lead straight into the carpark behind the venue.

Detective Sergeant, Shaun Vickers, says the victim was approached as he was getting into his car. The offender assaulted the victim and tried to drag him from the car. Brady managed to sound the horn to alert people for help.

"The offender then looked as if he going to flee the scene but made a successful second attempt to pull Brady out of the car", Detective Sergeant Vickers said.

"The offender attempted to steal Brady's White Toyota Sprinter Hatchback (1988). He failed as the car had an immobiliser. The offender then decamped on foot from the scene with Brady's car keys in his possession. Brady managed to crawl to the rear door of the RSA where he was found by another elderly man."

Brady sustained serious facial injuries. He has a broken left and right jaw bone, cracked cheek bones, serve bruising and swelling to the right side of his face, deep cut to his left elbow, bruising to his chest and right forearm and a possible fractured eye socket. He is currently at Middlemore Hospital in a stable condition awaiting surgery.

Police are currently conducting scene examinations where the assault took place and of the victims vehicles. CCTV footage has been viewed and a description of the offender has been taken.

Offender Description:



*Skinny/Athletic build

*Black/dark coloured top

*White trainers

*Black shorts


White basketball top, NO 13 on the back

Anyone with information that might assist this investigation is urged to contact Crime Squad on 027 497 4912 or 09 261 1300.

Police would like to talk to members of the public who may have seen anyone similar to the offender description in the Papatoetoe area on Wednesday 18th February.


Issued by Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey

Counties Manukau Communications Manager

Ph 09 259 0653 or 0274342218