A PENSIONER was left “close to death” after he was battered with a heavy glass ashtray at his home in Belfast.
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The victim was bludgeoned over the head with the heavy object shortly after returning to his home in the Sandy Row area in the south of the city on Tuesday, July 23.
Following the savage attack, the man was left covered in blood and said to be deeply shaken.
A community representative, who visited the victim, said he remained in shock on Wednesday afternoon and added that the tight-knit community in Sandy Row had been left enraged by the barbaric attack.
Trevor Greer, from Belfast South Community Resources, said: “He was out for a while last night, he went back to his home. At about 9pm the bell went, he let the person in and whoever it was attacked him.
“This community is very angry. They’re stunned that this could actually happen”
“As far as I know they hit him with a heavy glass ashtray on the head. He’s been left with staples in his head, he is heavily bruised and swollen.
“The fact he is a pensioner is one of the worst things. It’s just horrible. He couldn’t have defended himself.”
Mr Greer added that the man is “well-known and well-respected”.
He said: “He’s lived in Sandy Row all his life. He doesn’t make enemies, he’s a decent fella. He wouldn’t pass you in the street without saying hello.
“He’s really sore. He’s annoyed that somebody would do it. It was only 9 pm last night and it hasn’t really sunk in how close he was to being dead. Getting hit on the head like he did is very dangerous.
“We’re going to get him some extra locks on his doors and do everything we can.
“This community is very angry. They’re stunned that this could actually happen.”
Police are investigating the incident, Belfast Live reports.
No arrests have been made.
Inspector Pollock said: “I would appeal to anyone with information, or who noticed anything suspicious in the area at that time, to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 2256 of 23/07/19.”