Elderly man bashed in front of kids

Barry Lawless was attacked in his home in front of his children.
Barry Lawless was attacked in his home in front of his children. Seven News

AN elderly Mandurah man says he'll never leave his front door open again after being bashed inside his own home.

Barry Lawless says he was sitting down, having a cup of tea with his 11-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter watching TV when the attacker burst through the door.

"He just started swinging this thing, like a length of rope with a lump of steel," Mr Lawless said.

"There was so much blood coming out, I could hardly see what I was doing.

"He kept swinging at me, I was lucky to be alive actually."

The 83-year-old, who has six children and eight grandchildren, was rushed to the state trauma unit at Royal Perth Hospital.

He suffered two broken bones in his faces and bruising.

Detectives have spent much of Thursday door knocking neighbour properties on Truarn Street, behind the Mandurah Train Station.

Police have since revealed a man in his 40s is now helping with their investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at

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