98-year-old veteran beaten by burglars at his own home died from his injuries in hospital

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 03, 2018
03:33 P.M.

An elderly man has passed away two weeks after he was burglarized and dragged around his home.


The 98-year-old Second World War veteran succumbed to "extremely severe injuries" and two brain bleeds last Friday morning.

According to Independent, the Met Police confirmed his death on Sunday. They are still investigating the break-in that happened on November 6 at Bounds Green in North London.

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That night, Peter Gouldstone's home was broken into and several personal belongings were stolen.


An estimated one or two robbers appeared to have dragged Peter throughout his home and left him in a "semi-conscious state."

That's how his son, 67-year-old Simon Gouldstone found him in his bedroom. A neighbor first alerted Simon.

Later, Simon told the media:

"I smelt a rat because the house was very cold, he was in amongst quite a lot of turmoil. He couldn't communicate, he had bruising on his arms and face."


He added:

"I don't know how they can live with themselves. Examine your consciences. The sooner they're locked up the better."

Paul Ridley is the Detective Inspector on the case. He said:

"We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Peter's death. It is the worst news for his family and for all those who care for and knew him. I urged anyone who has information, no matter how small a detail, to search their conscience and contact police without delay."

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Online, many reacted in anger as Riddley further urged the public:

"I particularly want to hear from people that may have been offered the Panasonic television that was stolen, or who saw either people or vehicles in the vicinity of Evesham Road, Enfield, N11 that may have appeared out of place.”


Peter was employed as a telephone engineer in the Post Office before retiring in 1980. Prior to that, he worked in Italy for the Second World War. A reward of £10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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Source: Facebook/ Conservative Issues

Peter's son Simon and his sister are left to mourn his passing. Neighbors, mostly older persons, were also left in shock and grief after the incident.

Simon reflected their sentiments:

"As a member of the family I’m shocked, as a member of the human race I’m lost for words at man’s inhumanity to man I’m afraid."

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Source: Facebook/ Conservative Issues


Back in August 2018, another elderly man was attacked in Manteca California. Two young men kicked and spat on Sahib Singh Natt, 71.

Natt's son, Manjeet Singh Virk, said that "everybody's scared, you know, me, everybody." But relief came when police arrested two suspects.

A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old named Tyrone McAllister were taken into custody. McAllister is said to be the son of Darryl McAllister, the Union City Police Chief.


Virk, who is a Sikh, was pleased with the news. However, hate crimes are not listed as a charge so far in the case. The men will face attempted robbery, elderly abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon charges.

Another attack on an elderly took place in October. This time, video footage made it easy to identify and arrest the abuser.

David Nabulsi, 82, was at a dementia care facility in Horby, Sydney. His daughter who regularly visits suspected something was wrong after seeing a bruise mark on her father's back.


She placed a secret camera in his room and let it record over four days in August. The subsequent video showed an employee shoving and grabbing Nabulsi.

At one point, the employee hit the elderly man with a shoe on his head many times. Following the release of the footage, Prakash Paudyal, 35, was arrested and charged.

The level of cruelty seen in all these cases is hard to understand. We hope the surviving victims are able to move forward happily for the remainder of their days.

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