A Perth man has been left bruised and bloody after a violent home invasion earlier this year.
The 62-year-old was woken at 3am one morning in April when he heard his dogs barking. Like most of us would, George Kulacz got out of bed to see what his pets were barking at. He quickly discovered two young intruders in his yard and knew straight away they were up to no good.
One of the men began attacking Kulacz with a shovel, while the other entered the home and began stealing. In shocking footage that aired on Seven News in Perth, CCTV footage captured the moment Kulacz was hit over the head repeatedly with the shovel.
Remarkably, Kulacz, who is a chimney sweeper by trade, fought back.
“My hand was bouncing off the handle of the shovel while I was trying to upper-cut him,” he explained. “If he had have cleanly hit me without any blocking, I think vegetable probably would have been about the best I would have got out of it.”
Although he was bleeding quite badly, he managed to chase one of the home intruders away. It is alleged the other stole an iPhone and a handbag from the family home. In the end, the Perth man needed 11 stitches in his head, while other parts of his body were covered in cuts.
Although heroic, Kulacz can’t actually remember chasing after the intruder. It is believed the shock of the incident has impacted his memory, although he believes it’s his previous self-defence training that kicked in and ultimately saved him. He told Seven News he wouldn’t do it again.
“No way,” he said. “I’d turn the light on. If they’re out the back, I’d come out the front.”
His attacker is yet to be caught. It’s not the first time a violent attack has shocked the community. Last month, another Perth man was brutally dragged from his car and bashed after a fight broke out in a nightclub district.
During that attack, the man was transported to hospital and later slammed witnesses who simply filmed the attack instead of helping him. It comes after a Queensland grandmother has become “too scared” to leave her home after she was injured in an attempted bag snatch at a shopping centre earlier this month.
During that attack, 81-year-old Margaret Mulbacher was left screaming on the floor after her attackers violently dragged her to the ground in an attempt to steal from her.