An intruder bit off part of another man's finger after being confronted while trespassing on his property, Australian police have alleged.
An elderly couple in their 60s were in their home near Mandurah, south of Perth on Monday evening when they heard noises coming from outside at about 9:30pm.
They both came outside to discover a stranger looking in their outdoor fridge.
Police say the couple managed to chase the man away, but he later returned to the property where he proceeded to assault the pair.
It's alleged that he punched the woman in the face and partially bit off the man's finger when confronted.
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Despite being injured the bitten man managed to subdue his attacker while the woman called for help.
Neighbours heard her cries and came to their aid and the police were called to the property.
A 23-year-old local man was taken into custody where he was charged with aggravated grievous bodily harm, aggravated common assault and trespass.
He's expected to appear in court on Tuesday (local time).
Meanwhile the two residents of the home were taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Last month another Australian couple were the victims of a bizarre home invasion when a trio of young thugs battered down the door of their Adelaide home.
The man, who was recovering from a kidney transplant, was dragged out of bed by the intruders and hit with a wrench, having been mistaken for a drug dealer in possession of a large quantity of cocaine.
One of the criminals pointed a gun at the man's partner and threatened to "put a bullet in her head" if he didn't reveal the location of the imaginary stash.
The bumbling thieves eventually made off with a bag of prescription drugs and were arrested minutes later.
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