Australia Melbourne grandfather fights off gun-wielding home intruder

12:37  11 january  2017
12:37  11 january  2017 Source:

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A grandfather who lashed out at gun and axe-wielding intruders inside his Melbourne home has said he didn’t think twice about stabbing one of the teenagers in a scuffle.

John Vitale, 62, woke to thumping noises in his Coburg home early on November 28, and realised he was being robbed.

He locked himself inside a room before realising his wife, Maryanne may be in danger.

“I said to myself, ‘what am I going to do locked in here, I can’t get out’ so I had to take them on,” Mr Vitale said.

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A 17-year-old boy then allegedly used the butt of a rifle to attack Mr Vitale, leaving him fearing for his life.

He retaliated by stabbing the boy with a pocket knife he had earlier grabbed from his bedside drawer.

“He was saying ‘I’m going to kill you’… he just kept going, he was strong as an ox,” Mr Vitale said.

“It’s not a nice feeling or a nice thought to attack another person… but they have no remorse and they don’t worry about it.”

The offenders then allegedly fled the property in the couple’s Range Rover and a Volkswagen they had earlier arrived in.

An injured boy who presented himself to Dandenong Hospital soon after has since been charged over the alleged break-in.

Days earlier, Mr Vitale’s Bentley with registration AAO-725 was also stolen, and police are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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