Elderly man bashed in violent home invasion

AN elderly man has been bashed and held at knifepoint by a group of intruders during a frightening home invasion on the NSW Central Coast.

The 78-year-old man was home alone when three masked men burst into his house on Monday morning.

Police said it was mid-morning, about 10am, when the intruders stormed the Matcham Road home at Matcham.


Once inside, it’s alleged the trio grabbed the elderly man and threatened him with a knife while demanding money.

It’s alleged one of the intruders began bashing the 78-year-old while the other two ransacked the home.

Police said the thieves located a safe and demanded the combination from the man, before beating him again.

The man was assaulted ‘several times’ during the ordeal, police said.

A short time later, a woman arrived at the home and the masked men drove off in a blue vehicle.

The injured 78-year-old man was taken to Gosford Hospital with lacerations to his head, and severe facial bruising and swelling.

Police said the elderly man required stitches and was later released from hospital.

A little over two hours after the attack, a blue Holden Commodore wagon believed to have been used as the getaway car was found burnt out on the corner of Ruskin Road and Maree Boulevard at Killarney Vale.

Police are yet to make an arrest and are urging anyone with information to either call Gosford Police Station on 4323 5599, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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