An elderly man is fighting for life after being brutally attacked with a mirror broken off his car.
Emilio Lombardi, 84, suffered serious head and facial injuries after being set upon in Cannington, in Perth’s southern suburbs, on Sunday evening.
The man left his home on Henry Street East at about 7pm to investigate a disturbance happening outside his property when he was assaulted.
Two men believed to be aged between 25 and 30 then beat Mr Lombardi with a mirror broken off his car.
Disturbing pictures show the elderly man with a broken nose, black eye, numerous deep cuts and blood spattered all over his shirt, pants and hands.
Mr Lombardi’s neighbour described the gruesome scenes he was faced with after hearing the commotion outside.
‘I went to see what’s going on and there was all blood along the front of the patio,’ one neighbour told 7News.
‘I looked inside and there’s blood and guts inside the house.
‘He’s just a hell of a nice guy, grows veggies out the back, brings them over to us, just one hell of a guy.’
Acting Detective Sergeant Alexandra Hill said a weapon was used in the ‘cowardly, disgusting and appalling act’.
‘This is an 84-year-old man who’s lived in this suburb for 40 years … and been brutally assaulted in his front yard,’ she told a press conference.
‘They are horrific, horrific injuries that this man has sustained to his face. People should be able to feel safe in their own homes.’
Det-Sgt Hill said Mr Lombardi’s family were ‘shaken up’ by the brutal assault.
‘They are devastated … It’s been a very long week for them,’ she said.
Mr Lombardi was found by police before being taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance where he is awaiting surgery in intensive care.
He remains in a critical condition.
Det Sgt Hill said there appeared to be no motive behind the brutal bashing.
The victim’s ute, which was left with a smashed window and bloodstains, is being used in the police investigation.
There were at least five other reports of damage and disturbance on the night of the man’s assault.
They were reported on Derisleigh Street, Henry Street, Burge Way, Railway Parade and Central Terrace from between 6pm and 8pm.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the incident and urged anyone who was in the area or has CCTV or dashcam footage of the assault to come forward.