Shooting victim’s car stolen at Banora Point
GRAEME Hunt, who was left a paraplegic when he rushed to the aid of a man screaming for help during a gang shootout in western Sydney two years ago, has been dealt another blow.
The 64-year-old former truck driver was shot in the chest in March 2014 and moved to Banora Point after eight months spent in hospital, and now his unpaid carer’s car has been stolen from their driveway.
The pair said they’d heard a car “stalking” their street and had their car keys stolen from inside their home, just prior to the theft of the carer’s 2002 silver Volvo Sedan early Wednesday morning, April 13.
The carer, who does not wish to be named because she was traumatised from Mr Hunt’s shooting, now before the NSW District Court, said she dared not rush outside when the car engine turned on.
“I heard noises and saw lights going off, and I thought, ‘I’m not going out the front, I know what happens when you go out the front’,” she said, referring to Mr Hunt’s shooting where the bullet only missed his heart by a millimetre.
The pair reported the theft to police and have shared their story with the community as a reminder to stay vigilant about locking your home.
“Around this area there are a lot of elderly and disabled people, and it’s a very quiet cul-de-sac. You wouldn’t expect a car to be stolen here,” Mr Hunt said.
“Everyone needs to be aware and stay vigilant. And if you do hear something outside don’t leave the house.”
The accused in Mr Hunt’s shooting matter is due to be sentenced on May 20.
After, Mr Hunt plans advocacy work for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
The non-government agency links sufferers with the community and services.
If your vehicle is stolen phone Police Assistance Line on 131 444.