Cllr Pat McCudden said: “I am shocked at how vicious this assault was, especially as it was done to such an elderly man. I hope this gentleman will be able to make a swift recovery from the injuries he sustained. This must have been a very traumatic experience that he was subjected to.
“This intruder is obviously a very dangerous individual who has no regards for the well being of others.
“I would urge anybody with any information about this incident to contact the police.”