A Midland man has told how he fought off a shovel-wielding intruder during a terrifying late night home invasion.
George Kulacz, 62, had his head and face sliced open in the attack which happened when two men attempted to break into his Dudley Street in Midland at 3am on April 29.
Mr Kulacz said he was woken by his dog barking and was attacked when he went to the back door to investigate.
“I saw the shovel coming at me,” he said.
“I grabbed the shovel and it has hit me in the top of the head and as I came back up to defend myself more.. it pushed the shovel into my face.
“It was a very piercing pain, it dropped me. Not to the ground, but it made me wobble and then I came back knowing I was hit and I was being attacked.
“I didn’t realise it was a home invasion, like I said I was defending myself and I learned to fight back as soon as you’re hit and I think it saved me. “
Despite being injured, Mr Kulacz managed to punch the intruder and wrestle the shovel from him before chasing him up the driveway.
A second intruder ransacked the house and stole a handbag and iPhones.
“I saw them both at the side gate and they were together and couldn’t get out of the gate fast enough and one of them had to jump the fence, while the other took off down the side of the house,” he said.
Mr Kulacz was treated in hospital for cuts to his head and arm.
A 28-year-old man from Rivervale was charged over the attack but police are still trying to identify the second offender.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers.