Kon Kritikos was “seriously assaulted” at his Coburg home in Melbourne’s north. The 87-year-old was rushed to hospital but died on November 24, 2020.
Kon Kritikos was “seriously assaulted” at his Coburg home in Melbourne’s north. The 87-year-old was rushed to hospital but died on November 24, 2020.

Mystery woman linked to violent killing

A “heartless, cowardly and callous thief” is behind the fatal attack on an 87-year-old man in Melbourne’s north, police said.

Coburg man Kon Kritikos was found bashed in is home at his Reynard Street home about 11pm on November 11 last year.

A family member found him and the 87-year-old was rushed to hospital but died two weeks later on November 24.

“(Mr Kritikos) contributed to society his whole life, only to have that life snuffed out by a heartless, cowardly and callous thief,” Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Tim Day told reporters on Saturday.

But detectives have been able to narrow down the time when they believe Mr Kritikos was attacked between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

“As such Kon was lying critically injured in his home no doubt terrified and in pain for hours unable to summon assistance,” Detective Day said.

Kon Kritikos was seriously assaulted in his home at Reynard Street in Coburg in November last year. Photo: Victoria Police
Kon Kritikos was seriously assaulted in his home at Reynard Street in Coburg in November last year. Photo: Victoria Police

A 45-year-old Kurunjang woman and a 57-year-old Coburg man were at the scene when police arrived and spoke to detectives, he said at the time.

The pair knew the victim and were not charged.

“We believe it is likely the same woman seen at the property earlier that day was the same woman police spoke to when Kon was discovered. She remains a suspect in this matter,” Detective Day said.

He said Mr Kritikos was home alone and “vulnerable” because his wife was in hospital when he was attacked. There was also no forced entry to the home.

The 87-year-old man died on November 24, around two weeks after the attack. Photo: Victoria Police
The 87-year-old man died on November 24, around two weeks after the attack. Photo: Victoria Police

“Both of these elements in part lead investigators to believe it is likely that someone Kon knew was involved in the fatal assault,” Detective Day said.

Community members, friends and associates of Kon have been urged to tell police if they had any knowledge about events involving the mystery woman, who is close to the 87-year-old and his family.

In a strong statement issued on Saturday morning, police spoke directly to the elderly man’s attacker.

“While I don’t for a moment think Kon’s killer will have the courage or dignity to finally come forward to provide the family some comfort as to what happened to Kon and the reasons for his death, I’d like to be surprised,” Det. Insp. Day said.

“This is a matter that Homicide Squad detectives not only believe we can solve, but that we will solve”.

Originally published as Mystery woman linked to violent killing


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