Crash victim's house robbed

THIEVES have targeted the house of a young South Grafton man lying unconscious in the intensive care unit of Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.

Aaron Daniels, 22, was rushed to Royal North Shore after receiving serious head injuries in a single vehicle crash on the Gwydir Highway near Cowans Pond on Friday night.

Aaron lives in a rented house with his mother, Sandra, and nine-year-old sister.

As Sandra kept a bedside vigil along with other family members at Royal North Shore on Monday night, thieves were busy ransacking the family house in Through Street, South Grafton.

Sandra told The Daily Examiner that Aaron’s ‘pride and joy’ – an expensive push bike he is still paying off – was among the items taken in the robbery.

“It’s horrible. There’s nothing I can do about it,” Sandra said.

“My son’s bike, it’s his pride and joy, it’s been stolen. I don’t know how he’s going to react to that.”

Police were alerted to the robbery by neighbours at about 9.30pm on Monday. It appears the thieves gained access to the house by smashing the front door jam.

Police were still trying to piece together exactly what was taken in the robbery, a task made difficult by the fact Sandra is in Sydney.

Sandra said her new plasma television – which she was paying off – had been pushed over and broken during the robbery. The offenders also stole Sandra’s daughter’s plasma television and smashed a fish tank.

“From what I’ve been told, they’ve just trashed the place. They stole my computer as well. They’re the things that we know of,” said Sandra, who is no stranger to adversity. In 2007 fire destroyed the house she was living in.

“I don’t know what I feel at the moment. On top of everything with Aaron, it’s getting on top of me.

“I’m just a single mother. I’ve struggled to get the things I’ve got.”

A Royal North Shore spokeswoman said Aaron’s condition was listed as stable.

Despite the robbery, Sandra said she would remain in Sydney for as long as necessary.

“The boy comes first,” she said.

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