Man, 72, punched to the ground and robbed by man bumming smokes outside supermarket

A 72-YEAR-OLD man has been bailed up, bashed and robbed in a vicious, unprovoked attack by a man young enough to be his grandson outside a supermarket on the NSW South Coast.

Police said the man in his 70s had just left the supermarket and was carrying grocery bags when he was attacked as he walked along on Berry Street in Nowra around 4.30pm on Sunday, May 13.

It’s alleged a 25-year-old man who was reportedly bumming smokes off strangers outside the supermarket approached the victim on a footpath and requested a cigarette.


But when the 72-year-old said he didn’t have one to give, the younger man allegedly flew into a fit of rage and punched him several times in the face.

The brutal blows caused the man to drop his shopping and fall to the ground.

That’s when police allege the 25-year-old picked up his wallet and several other items before running off.

Following inquiries, officers yesterday raided a house in Nowra and seized several items of clothing.

Police arrested the 25-year-old man during a vehicle stop in North Nowra a few hours later.

He was last night charged with aggravated robbery and stealing and was remanded in custody to appear in Nowra Local Court today.

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