Pensioner suffers horrific injuries after being ‘beaten up and stabbed’ in his own home
A pensioner suffered horrific injuries during a brutal robbery in his own flat.
James Clunes had just arrived home from bingo last Saturday when two thugs allegedly forced their way into his home.
The 75-year-old, from Aberdeen, was left with a broken nose, fractured cheekbone and stab wound to the leg before being rushed to hospital.
One man has already appeared in court in connection to the incident, with police working to identify the second, reports the Daily Record.
Former Scots Guards sergeant of over 30 years James has spent more than a decade fighting tongue, mouth and throat cancer and has just completed a five-day stay in hospital when he was assaulted.
His brother Stephen Clunes said he is terrified to return home.
The 61-year-old said: “James is very sore and extremely bruised. Emotionally, he’s in a difficult place.
“He is putting a brave face on and playing it down, but I know my brother and he’ll take a big hit from this.
“It will have a big effect on him and it’s still very raw in his mind.”
Stephen said his brother was supposed to go to the Forces Parade on the day he was attacked but felt unwell so stayed home.
When he was feeling better he took the bus to his local social club to play bingo and on returning to his flat was confronted by the robbers.
James claims the two men appeared outside his block of flats as he entered the building before following him into the lift.
But when he tried to enter his flat, the two men burst through his door and severely beat him before he was stabbed in the leg.
They later made off with some possessions and a sum of money.
Stephen said his brother is still too traumatised to fully discuss the incident and feels unable to return to his home.
James’ voice box is severely damaged due to years of intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy and he has been left struggling to talk, is unable to swallow and suffers from breathing difficulties.
He is only able to eat and drink through a tube in his stomach, known as a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG).
“He’s a very frail person,” his brother added.
In a bid to help James, the local community has launched a fundraiser for the Aberdeen FC supporter, which has so far raised over £3,000.
A 28-year-old man arrested and charged in connection with the alleged assault appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on June 27 on charges of hamesucken, abduction, assault to injury, permanent disfigurement and robbery.
He made no plea, was committed for further examination and released on bail to re-appear in court on a date to be confirmed.
Police enquiries to trace the second man remain ongoing.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an assault and robbery on a 75-year-old man in Bayview Court, Aberdeen on Saturday, 25 June 2022.
“The elderly man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and later released.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”