Ray was left bleeding in the Stockland carpark.
Ray was left bleeding in the Stockland carpark.

Grandad knocked out cold for using noisy leaf blower

AN ELDERLY man is in hospital following a brutal assault this morning at his Caloundra workplace.

Ray, a 71-year-old cleaner at Stockland Caloundra, was working by himself when a man approached him and allegedly hit him in the back of the head.

His son, Jason, said it was "quite a vicious attack".

"He was knocked out cold, unconscious, on the ground bleeding," Jason said.

Ray often uses a leaf blower in the Stockland carpark on his early morning shifts, and was approached recently by a man who "abused him and then wandered off" for making too much noise.

Jason said his father believed the same man returned to attack him.

"Dad saw him right before the punch got landed," he said.

 

Ray was allegedly hit in the back of the head while working in Caloundra early Wednesday morning.
Ray was allegedly hit in the back of the head while working in Caloundra early Wednesday morning.

Thankfully, someone in a neighbouring house witnessed the attack and phoned paramedics.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said they were called about 7.20am to the corner of Oval and First Avenues, Caloundra and transported the 71-year-old man to Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

"He's got pain in his shoulder and arms and they were doing X-rays to see if anything was broken," Jason said.

While Ray is in a lot of physical pain, Jason said there was more psychological trauma.

Jason said he and the rest of his family were saddened that someone would do this to Ray.

"He's just a little 70-year-old man trying to make end's meet," he said.

"Now my father is unable to work while his physical injuries heal.

"We as a family hope that the person who did this is brought to justice. We hope they realise the gravity of what their actions could've done to our much-loved husband, father and grandfather.

"We also thank, most sincerely, the neighbour who called for paramedics and police."

"Stockland does not tolerate violence of any sort," a media spokesperson said in a statement.

A Queensland Police media spokesman said a 40-year-old man had been charged with serious assault of a person over the age of 60. He will appear at Caloundra Magistrates Court on August 1.

*Last name withheld to protect victim's identity.



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