HIS neighbours see him as an absolute gentleman.

But to the intruders who broke into the 84-year-old’s home, Ernie Whitfield behaved nothing like the sort, fighting back despite the attackers being armed with a hammer, metal pole and a knife.

Neighbour Judy Hodge, who went to Mr Whitfield’s aid after the intruders ran away, told AAP it was “beyond wonderful” that he had fought them off, describing his brave actions as “awesome”.

Mr Whitfield was asleep in his Port Macquarie home on NSW’s mid north coast at about 2am AEDT on Saturday when the intruders, described as of heavy build and one standing a towering 205cm tall, broke in.

The intruder with the hammer found a knife in the kitchen and armed himself with it, and the pair then confronted the octogenarian in his bedroom, police say.

Read more at The Australian

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