Doting grandad, 79, fears for his safety after bashing
HE WAS a doting grandad who would walk up to 10km around his neighbourhood each day in a bid to stay fit and healthy.
A well-known and much-loved member of the community, he would often stop to talk to people along his travels.
But everything changed last Thursday night when a group of up to three people viciously bashed him as he walked along Ferguson St between 8pm and 8.30pm.
The attack left him with a broken cheekbone, cuts and bad bruising.
The group was last seen running towards Lower Dawson Rd into parklands.
The grandad is now out of hospital and recovering, but daughter-in-law Tracey told The Morning Bulletin the attack has left him frail and scared. Fearing for his safety, Tracey didn't want his identity revealed.
The 79-year-old grandfather, an electrician who owned a repair business until his retirement, has lived in Rockhampton almost four decades.
Tracey said the family couldn't remember a time when he hadn't gone for a daily walk.
He was diagnosed with dementia, but Tracey said his fitness had meant the condition was "minimally disruptive".
But she said the attack changed everything.
"He's now having vivid dreams that they've broken in (to his house) and it's just terrifying for him," Tracey said.
"I wish (the police) could just find (the attackers) so he could have some peace of mind.
"He's still very much in pain, seeing the doctor every few days.
"It's just heartbreaking."
Tracey said her daughter now walked with her grandfather, but he could only manage half a block with help.
She said she was concerned he wouldn't be able to maintain his fitness in the future.
"He used to stop and talk to people, but he won't do that anymore," she said.
"It was upsetting at the time seeing him like that because he's just so gentle... he's usually so fit and strong."
Yesterday, police said the investigation was continuing.
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