$350,000 offer to apprehend Delburn home invaders


An image Victoria Police have released of the elderly couple.

Police are offering a $350,000 reward for any information about a vicious attack on an elderly couple in their Gippsland home last year.

In the early hours of January 11 2015, two men wearing balaclavas broke into the elderly couple’s Delburn home, located south west of Morwell.

The couple received a rude awakening, when one of the assailants shined a torch in their bedroom.

The home invaders then tied up the couple up with duct tape and assaulted them with an unknown weapon.

The 75 year old woman was able to free herself and receive help from neighbours.

The 80 year old man was badly injured and air-lifted to the Alfred Hospital with significant brain damage.

A year on, the man is still undergoing medical treatment for his condition.

Cash and jewellery were stolen from the couple, before the thieves left the home in a vehicle.

Police believe the attack was unprovoked and urged anyone with information to come forward.

“What we’re appealing for is if anyone has any knowledge, no matter how small they think it is, to please contact the police because we don’t want men like this walking around in our community,” Acting Inspector Jan McNally said.

The daughter of the elderly couple, Stephanie Deacon, said she hoped the offer of a reward would help police catch the assailants.



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