Camperdown Chronicle
Camperdown assault on 84 year-old woman and her son

An 84 year-old Camperdown woman and her 42 year-old son were both admitted to hospital with head injuries after they were attacked by three male intruders on Thursday night.

Detective Senior Constable Craig Wastell of the Warrnambool Crime Investigation Unit (CIU) said the attack took place at a Lawrence Street residence at about 10pm.

“The victims heard noises out the front of their house and the son went out to investigate,” he said.

“He approached the three men and has been struck with a weapon to the head and to the body.

“His mother then came out and tried to assist her son and was then assaulted by the three males as well.”

Det Snr Const Wastell said the elderly woman went back into the house and called Triple Zero for assistance. The offenders had left the scene.

Cobden and Port Campbell police members attended and the two victims were conveyed to the Camperdown hospital where they received stitches and remained overnight awaiting further tests and scans.

“Both the victims said they did not know the offenders or what may have triggered the attack,” Dr Snr Const Wastell said.

“I attended the victims at the hospital and the residence where I carried out forensic examinations. It did not appear that the offenders had tried to enter the house.

“It was dark at the time of the incident so the victims have not been able to provide a description of the three offenders or of what they were wearing.”

Det Snr Constable Wastell appealed to the wider public for information.

“Someone may have noticed the trio walking around, or a strange car in the neighbourhood – they may even have their own security cameras which may have captured something useful,” he said.

“I urge anyone who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warrnambool CIU on 5560 1333.”