98 years old pensioner, Peter Gouldstone is currently in the hospital battling to live after he was brutally attacked and robbed in his home in London.
The son is “lost for words at man’s inhumanity to man” as he releases a shocking image of his father’s injuries.
Peter Gouldstone has been left with “extreme severe injuries” after suffering two bleeds on the brain following the violent assault at his property on Evesham Road in Enfield.
The widower’s son Simon, 67, found his father in a “semi-conscious state” in his bedroom on Tuesday morning after realising the back door had been smashed in.
Mr Gouldstone said: ‘I smelt a rat because the house was very cold, he was in amongst quite a lot of turmoil.
“He couldn’t communicate. He had bruising on his arms and face.
“I don’t know how they can live with themselves. Examine your consciences. The sooner they’re locked up the better.”
When asked about the attackers, Mr Gouldstone added: “As a member of the family I’m shocked, as a member of the human race I’m lost for words at man’s inhumanity to man I’m afraid.”
The pensioner, who lived in the house for more than 50 years, was a former telephone engineer who worked for the Post Office before retiring in 1980.
Joan, his wife of 65 years, died several years ago. The couple also had a daughter.
Several neighbours spoke of their shock and concern following the vicious attack on Mr Gouldstone.
One elderly neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she rang his son on Tuesday morning after noticing the pensioner’s garage door was open.
She said: “His son came and then police and an ambulance were here until it was dark.
“I’ve known him for many, many years and he has a charming family. It’s not nice, you just have to lock up and hope.”
Pio Gomes, 78, said Mr Gouldstone was rarely seen outside his home since his wife died.
He said: “After that he wouldn’t come out much. I used to take his bins out for him because he wasn’t steady.
“His son Simon used to come round and take him out, take him shopping.
“Of course it affects you because it’s worrying. It’s callous. Who could have done this to an old man like him?”
Police were called at 10.06am on Tuesday morning by the London Ambulance Service to Mr Gouldstone, who had suffered serious injuries.
Officers at the address found evidence of a disturbance, and said a black Panasonic 26-inch television was stolen from the house, along with “a number of other personal belongings”.
Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from North Area CID, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and senseless attack on a vulnerable pensioner in his own home.
“The level of violence used was completely excessive.
“We are therefore confident, the attack has taken place in the 20-hour window between then, possible Bonfire Night, to when he was discovered.”
“I would urge any members of the public that may have seen any persons acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Evesham Road, Enfield, N11 to come forward to my investigation team as a priority.”
“I can reassure residents that patrols have been stepped up in the area and extensive efforts are being made to identify and apprehend the persons responsible.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.