'This guy is thumping him': Woman's horror as husband, 71, viciously punched by intruder

Jordan Cutts

A wife has recalled the horror of watching her husband lie bleeding and motionless while he was repeatedly punched in the head by an intruder.

A 71-year-old man went from eating his breakfast at his Oakford home in Perth on Sunday morning to the State Trauma Unit with staples holding the outside of his fractured skull together.

The man and his 64-year-old wife were viciously attacked by a stranger who had scaled their five-foot fence.

A 71-year-old man ended up in the trauma unit after a vicious bashing. Source: 7 News
The victim needed staples to hold his fractured skull together. Source: 7 News

"It was just the ferociousness of the attack, that's what I remember," the victim's wife said.

" My husband was lying there motionless ...this guy is thumping him after I tried to pull him off.

"When he went back the second time, he grabbed me and pushed me over into the garden bed and then he just ran off."

The intruder scaled the couple's fence. Source: 7 News

While the 71-year-old is starting to recover physically, mentally it could take a lot longer.

His wife says she's unsure how he will cope when he returns home.

A manhunt is underway as the attacker is still at large as of Wednesday night.

A composite image of the attacker. Source: 7 News

Police are again asking residents who live around Hopkinson Road, between Thomas and Orton Roads, to check their CCTV for any footage of a black ute.

The attack occurred around 8.30am on Sunday morning and the couple are concerned that the offender may attack someone else.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report anonymously online.