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Byron's Brian bashed but unbowed

FORMIDABLE: Seventy year old Brian Parkes fought off the attacker who broke into his home.
FORMIDABLE: Seventy year old Brian Parkes fought off the attacker who broke into his home. Christian Morrow

SEVENTY-year-old Byron Bay local Brian Parkes emerged battered and bruised but triumphant after seeing off a brutal intruder who broke into his Byron Bay home early Friday morning.

The assailant broke into his Tennyson St home at about 2.30am Friday and allegedly demanded Mr Parkes' wallet. He refused to give it up, despite being bashed about the head with a heavy metal and wood smokers stand.

Mr Parkes said he wasn't scared during the incident; instead he led the intruder around the property pretending to look for his wallet, all the time hoping to get the better of the thief.

"He hit me three times, but I wasn't going to give him my wallet," Mr Parkes said.

"I led him around the house to a dressing table and pretended to look for my wallet, but the whole time I was watching him in the mirror.

"When he wasn't paying attention, I pushed him back and he bounced off a wall then ran off into the night."

The thief got away with just $20 which he snatched from a drawer. After the attacker fled, Mr Parkes called police, who administered first aid at the scene before taking him to hospital, where he received further treatment for several deep cuts on his head.

Mr Parkes has lived in the Tennyson St property all his life and is well known in the area for his work maintaining the Green Frog shunting engine.

Despite the savage attack, he said he was determined to keep living as he always had.

"I won't change because of this. I'm hard to scare," Mr Parkes said.Mr Parkes said the attacker was quite tall, with grey stubble and wearing a dark hoodie. He was dirty and affected by drugs and alcohol.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on:1800 333 000.

Topics:  byron bay crime


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