AN elderly man has been found dead and his wife left clinging to life after the couple were viciously attacked, allegedly by their own son at their home in Perth.
Police were called to the elderly couple’s home on Ensign Dale at Kelmscott just after 7am on Friday.
Officers said they had received reports that two people had been seriously hurt at the address.
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Emergency services arrived to find a man in his 70s deceased at the home while his wife, also aged in her 70s, was found with life-threatening injuries.
She was rushed to the Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition and is currently undergoing emergency surgery.
A man aged in his 40s who police have confirmed is known to the victims was arrested and is currently under police guard in Fiona Stanley Hospital.
He is believed to be the victims’ son and is being treated for injuries he sustained before his arrest.
While police have come out and said they believe the incident is family violence-related, they say they are yet to establish a motive.
According to the ABC, investigators believe the dispute began at the house before spilling onto the street.
Detectives from the Homicide Squad remain at the elderly couple’s home and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Meanwhile, a man in his 50s and his elderly mother have both been stabbed in an alleged domestic violence related incident at a house in Queensland.
A man aged in his late 30s is in custody, assisting police with their investigation. Read more.
Anyone with information that could assist police with either investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast