A MAN has been bludgeoned with a torch by a 16-year-old boy who tried stealing his car in Sydney’s west.
It was around 3.15am on Sunday when the 47-year-old man heard the teen trying to steal his car from outside his Tantani Avenue home in Green Valley.
The man confronted the wannabe thief and tried to detain him, at which time police said he was viciously attacked and bashed over the head with a torch.
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The owner of the car was beaten so badly, it was initially thought he’d been hacked at with a knife.
Police were called and arrived to find the 47-year-old bleeding from a number of lacerations to his head.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.
Police said the man was transported in a stable condition.
The Green Valley home was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic police.
The dog squad was called in to sniff out the 16-year-old boy who’d fled the scene.
He was eventually tracked down and arrested but not after trying to outrun police.
The teen was taken to Green Valley Police Station where he was later charged with one count each of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stealing from a motor vehicle and goods in custody.
He was granted bail to appear at a Children’s Court on May 29.