The twenty-eight-year-old Seville Grove man accused of assaulting an 84-year-old East Cannington man has had his charge upgraded to murder.
Quade Karsum Jones was accused of attacking Emiliano Lombardi on August 16, but Mr Lombardi died on August 31 after a long battle in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital.
Mr Lombardi was attacked with a broken mirror in front of his East Cannington home.
Jones was arrested following a four-day manhunt and was charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm, criminal damage, assault, indecent assault and robbery, all charges for numerous incidents on the same night. He is due to face the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
City of Canning deputy mayor Jesse Jacobs, who lives in Cannington, said he felt for the family and urged the community to look after one another.
“Police think it is a state issue, but this happened in our city and we need to think about ways to stop this from happening in the future,” he said.
“We need to know our neighbours and look out for each other.
“I live in the area and what happened here was really, really bad, we must take care of our elderly.
“More patrols, more CCTV cameras and communication with our neighbours is needed in all areas.”