A man has been jailed for more than 16 years for a savage and cruel home invasion that left a 91-year-old man with life-threatening injuries and permanently blind in one eye.
Allan Poland, 32, had denied involvement in the horrific beating but was convicted after a trial.
Today at his sentencing, the court heard his elderly victim Sidney Brady had been dog sitting for his newly married daughter in Dianella in October 2011 when Poland kicked in the front door and mercilessly bashed the old man so badly that he was left broken ribs, a fractured eye socket, a damaged eye and lacerations.
It was not known how many blows had been struck on the defenceless old man but the judge today said it was likely two weapons were involved and nothing that Mr Brady could have done would have warranted such sustained violence.
Judge Troy Sweeney said that while Mr Brady lay injured in the home Poland had ransacked the house and then had devised a “cunning” plan when Mr Brad’s daughter, son-in-law and a friend returned home to find him in the driveway.
The court heard Poland had claimed he was just trying to hail a cab.
Mr Brady's daughter had then found her father bleeding and swollen in the house.
Police later came across Poland and found a pen belonging to Mr Brady in his pocket. While officers were talking to him the friend of Mr Brady's daughter recognised Poland as the man who had been outside the house before the terrible discovery.
Judge Sweeney noted that Mr Brady’s last memory before the beating was of being compliant with the attacker and asking him not to hurt his daughter’s dog.
The terrible crime was in the worst category and had not only robbed Mr Brady of his independence and good health but also traumatised his family who had found him, she said.
Judge Sweeney noted Poland's long history of violence, saying he was a danger to the community.
The court was told that Poland showed an utter lack of remorse and there was little mitigation.
He was made eligible for parole and the sentence was back dated to 2011. A lifetime restraining order was also put in place protecting Mr Brady from Poland.Outside court, Mr Brady's family said they were pleased with the sentence.