Badly beaten resident uncooperative with police

Sixty-year-old Chase man won't tell police details of an attack that left him in hospital.

A Chase resident is still in hospital after he was severely beaten in his home more than a week ago.

According to Chase RCMP Const. Laura Ford, the call came in around midnight on Friday, May 11.

Police then tried to contact the 60-year-old both by phone and in person but McLeod refused to answer or open the door at his home.

He was taken to the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops where he has remained since.

Ford says investigators tried to follow up on the case but the man refused to co-operate.

It appears the attack could have been drug-related, but due to the victim’s refusal to provide information, police are unable to determine this for certain.

“It could end up being [that the attacker was] just a jealous friend,” says Ford.

What is for certain is that alcohol was a factor.

“This happens quite often,” says Ford. “They are drunk and things go wrong and they do not want to reveal any information when they sober up.”

This case “took quite a bit of manpower on our part,” said Ford. “It’s frustrating.”

Ford explains that if it is in the public’s interest, police would press on with the investigation, or if the issue continues.

The man is not well-known to police.

Police said that while his condition was not life threatening on May 11, it was certainly severe. No word on his current condition.

 

The victim sold his house several months before and was reportedly required to have all his belongings moved out by last week. However, because he was still in hospital, he was not able to do so.

 

 

Salmon Arm Observer

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