Hunt continues for violent thugs

The elderly victim was awoken to footsteps on the roof.

The elderly victim was awoken to footsteps on the roof.

Katherine police are “following leads” after the violent bashing of an elderly Katherine man earlier in the week.

Police yesterday renewed their call for witnesses after a 76-year-old man was badly beaten and hospitalised during a robbery on Tuesday morning. 

“I am not aware of any witnesses at the moment,” acting Supt Mark Malogorski said yesterday. 

The man was airlifted to Darwin Hospital with severe facial injuries following the violent assault at Knotts Crossing Resort in Katherine.

A Health Department spokeswoman said the man was discharged from Darwin Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The assault took place at popular Knotts Crossing Resort in Katherine.

The assault took place at popular Knotts Crossing Resort in Katherine.

The man was woken by footsteps on the roof of the Knotts Crossing Resort, Northern Investigations Section Detective Senior Constable Karl Gunderson said.

“The man then left his room and was confronted by a group of unknown males, one of which struck him with a metal broom handle,” he said.

The police are relying on witnesses to come forward as no CCTV footage has been recovered from the assault. 

“They think three offenders but they are not 100 per cent sure,” a police spokesman said. 

Police do not know what time the assault occurred and said the victim was unsure as well. 

The metal broom handle is in police possession and being used as a key piece of forensic evidence. 

The males are described as of Indigenous appearance.

Following the assault, the man is believed to have driven himself to Katherine Hospital where his injuries were considered serious enough to be airlifted to Darwin. 

It was been a particularly violent week for Katherine with three young men arrested for an armed robbery at a service station last week where an attendant was struck while being robbed.

Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Indigenous man at Kalano on the weekend.

Northern Territory Police are calling for witnesses, anyone with information should contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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