Every week in Perth there seems to be another violent home invasion. Not content to permanently traumatize the owners of the homes they've broken into, the thugs who carry out these acts often beat them as well. Sometimes the victims are elderly. It's truly depressing, and you wonder how anyone could be so lacking in humanity as to do such a thing.
But it is heartening to know that the crims don't get to rob, bash, bully or terrify every oldster they encounter. Take the case of this burglary in Alexander Heights. It went horribly awry for the perpetrators when a senior citizen turned out to be more combative than most people half his age, and sent them scurrying by brandishing a baseball bat. Said the fit great-grandfather:
"They [the burglars] were in my garage and it's just a step up into the house, where I have a terrified wife in her 60s. I would use any means to protect my home. The judicial system is a joke."
I like his attitude. And his assessment is spot on.