More than 48 hours after he was left for dead, police still have not commented on the case of an elderly man found tied up in a burning house in Lismore.
Local media reported yesterday – and Echonetdaily has independently verified – that the man was found bound with electrical cable by neighbours who failed in their attempt to rescue him from the burning building.
He was subsequently rescued by police and emergency services officers, who attended the blaze, which completely gutted the rear of the East Lismore building.
The man was suffering from bruising and minor burns and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital.
The victim told media he was set upon by two men wearing army fatigues and balaclavas after he returned home from watching the grand final with a friend.
The men bashed him, tied him up and set the house alight, but not before stealing some money.