When breaking into somone’s house, don’t use their age to assume they aren’t knife-wielding black belts

POLICE are trying to find a home invader who was badly hurt when he  tried to force his way past an 83-year-old black belt home owner last night.

The home invader, a muscular man in his thirties who may be linked to other  burglaries, broke into the high-set home in Gilruth Rd, Kenmore at about  8.30pm.

Inside were Edwin Dowdy, 83, and his wife Jutta, 76, who have in the property  in the quiet Kenmore street since 1966.

Home invasion at Kenmore

A blood trail on a path beside the  property. PIC: Rose Brennan


When the couple – who both have black belts in the Japanese art of Aikido- realised  there was an intruder in the house Mr Dowdy grabbed a knife from the lounge room  he had kept for security and went to confront the burglar and warn him he was  armed.


He said he confronted the intruder and told him he had a knife, but the man  tried to push past him and ran onto the blade.

The injured burglar – who was bleeding heavily from a knife wound to his  stomach – took two of Mrs Dowdy’s handbags and ran onto the balcony and jumped  to the ground.

A large amount of blood was visible there this morning.

He then fled down with the Dowdys in pursuit and tried to steal a car from a  few doors down.

The vehicle, which belonged to a P-Plater, had blood on it this morning and  there was a lengthy blood trail on the street.

When the thief was unable to break into the car he fled on foot and police  today issued a plea for public help to locate him, advising that the amount of  blood at the scene “indicates that the man needs urgent medical attention”.

They say he is likely to have a “noticeable injury to his lower front or side  torso”.

Police have warned homeowners that while they have a right to defend  themselves from intruders only “reasonable” force should be used.

“Our advice is that people should avoid confronting anybody it’s not my  advice that people should arm themselves and confront anyone in a house,”  Detective Inspector for Brisbane West Robert Hitch said.

“People have a right to take action to defend their own person, to defend  their dwelling and to defend other people. The force that they use must be  reasonable and must fit the circumstances, it must be considered in relation to  the threat that they’re facing,” Det Insp Hitch said.

Det Insp Hitch said police were unsure how seriously injured the intruder may  be and said they are investigating how he was hurt.

Blood was found inside the house and a trail of blood was found in streets  around the home.

“The owner of the home has been interviewed….the reality is we don’t know  what injuries have been caused, we don’t know who the injuries have been caused  to. We have insufficient evidence in relation to what sort of actions have taken  place in the house,” Det Insp Hitch said.

“We’re appealing for anyone who may have information in relation to who the  intruder is (to come forward),” he said.

Det Insp Hitch said police were investigating if last nights break and enter  was linked to other recent burglaries in Kenmore.

Police are door knocking homes in Kenmore today.

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