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February 28, 2021

Two charged over attacks on elderly

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Two people have been charged over separate incidents targeting elderly people in Lismore and Casino last week.

A teenager will appear in Lismore Local Court today, charged over the alleged home invasion and assault of an elderly man at Casino last week.

The 87-year-old man was asleep in his home at Acacia Street, Casino, about 1.45am last Tuesday when he woke and saw a youth smashing a glass sliding door.

The teen knocked the man to the ground and held him, demanding money.

The alleged intruder was given cash and he ran from the house.

The elderly homeowner suffered bruising and cuts during the attack.

Acting on information, Casino detectives arrested an 18-year-old man at a home in Macdougal Street, Casino, on Saturday.

The youth was taken to Casino Police Station, where he was charged with one count of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence with violence. He was refused bail.

Meanwhile, police from Richmond Local Area Command have arrested and charged a man after two elderly people were robbed in Lismore.

A 76-year-old woman had just attended a funeral on 9 May when she and friends were talking with a 34-year-old man outside the church. Police will allege the man distracted the woman and stole her handbag.

In the second incident, police will allege an 84-year-old man was in a shopping centre last Thursday when cash was taken from his top pocket.

Acting on information from an off-duty officer, police arrested a 34-year-old man in a department store in Lismore later that day.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged over the two incidents with stealing and steal from person.

He is due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.

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