Irish pensioner brutally beaten in his home dies five months after attack

Tommy Ward
Tommy Ward

An 80-year-old man who was severely beaten by robbers in his own home has died five months after the attack, police have said.

Ex-miner Tommy Ward, was found badly injured at his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby, Rotherham, on October 1 and around £30,000 was thought to have been taken.

The great-grandfather of 15, who weighed just 9st, died on Tuesday night in Rotherham Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment since the attack.

South Yorkshire Police said a post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Mr Ward's mother was originally came from Connemara in Galway and he was a regular visitor to Ireland with his wife Dorothy before she passed away in 2011.

Detectives said a safety deposit box was taken in the break-in, and a similar one was found in the Kilnhurst area two weeks after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Short said: "The police investigation surrounding what happened is very much ongoing and officers would still like to speak to witnesses, or anyone who has information about what happened.

"I urge anyone who has even the slightest piece of information to come forward and tell us what you know."

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Two 19-year-old men were previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and burglary. They have been released with no further action.

After the attack Mr Ward's daughter, Jackie Perry, described his attackers as "animals" and said they had "no conscience".