An 84-year-old grandfather who was subject to a brutal alleged attack outside his home has died in hospital.
Emiliano Lombardi suffered serious head and facial injuries after the assault in Perth, Australia on August 16 – carried out with a piece of broken mirror, it’s been alleged.
He heard a disturbance outside his house around 7pm and was set upon after going outside to investigate, 9 News reports.
Mr Lombardi was rushed to hospital and remained in intensive care until his death on Monday, August 31.
Horrifying pictures emerged after the alleged attack, showing his swollen eye and blood spattered across his face and clothes.
Several days after the assault, police arrested a 28-year-old man from Seville Grove in Perth.
Quade Karsum Jones, a roofing tradesman, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Lombardi as well as a series of other offences, including indecent assault, assault occasioning bodily harm, criminal damage and possession of a slingshot.
Police allege he indecently assaulted a woman in her 40s, struck another in her 20s in the head with a metal pole, and violently robbed a man in his 20s.
He is expected to remain in custody until September 15 after briefly appearing at Perth Magistrates Court on August 21.
A 24-year-old man, who allegedly joined Jones, was charged with multiple counts of criminal damage and firearm and drug crimes.
After Lombardi was hospitalised, neighbours offered to look after his home.
His house was repainted and plastered, and people checked in daily to check on his chickens and vegetable garden.
Businesses offered new furniture and bedding after his sheets were stained with blood.
A local vet also organised for a dog sitter to come round.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan labelled it a “cowardly, unprovoked and disgusting” attack.
He said: “Nobody, especially our elderly and most vulnerable, should have to suffer like this, nor be afraid outside their own home.
“I want to offer my sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones, in what must be an extremely difficult time.”
Western Australian Police said the Homicide Squad are now leading the investigation and may upgrade the charges.