Media Release: Senior Citizen Hospitalised After Encounter with Youth Criminal

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22 November 2023

Senior Citizen Hospitalised After Encounter with Youth Criminal

Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is continuing to advocate for an end to the youth crime crisis after a break and enter incident resulted in the elderly victim rushed to hospital.

83-year-old Albert Price suffered serious chest pain after chasing a teenager who stole his Merle’s handbag off their kitchen bench, making off with their credit cards.

Mr Price said he chased after the criminal but was unable to detain him on his own.

“I was running, trying to catch this bloke and I was all upset. Everything happened at once.” Mr. Price said.

“I was doubling over and they were worried I was going to have a heart attack.

“My neighbour, who is a nurse called the ambulance and I ended up in hospital with blood tests and stickers (electrodes) all over me.”

Mr Thompson described the whole ordeal as yet another failure of the State Labor Government.

“These state members have been members for nine years. That’s nine years of the community telling them that its not good enough and we haven’t seen any action to deter these criminals,” he said.

“Our community has been screaming out for changes and they have continued to be let down.”

Mr Thompson said the missing spoke in the wheel was appropriate punishment.

“There needs to be punishment for bad behaviour and a level of discomfort in this punishment,” he said.


Victims of crime Merle and Albert Price with Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson.

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