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Blindness fears for WA pole attack victim

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016 Rebecca Le May

A 73-year-old assault victim may have been left blind in one eye after a man who went on a rampage through the streets of a WA Pilbara town bashed him with a metal pole.

The accused also allegedly seriously assaulted a 50-year-old man and killed two cats while wreaking havoc in Roebourne on Thursday morning.

Roebourne Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gemma Hennigan said the station was flooded with phone calls from concerned citizens as the violence erupted.

The victims were rushed to Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha and treated for serious injuries including a broken nose and a fractured cheek bone.

The 73-year-old man, who suffered extensive damage to an eye, was flown to Perth for urgent treatment.

When police went to the alleged attacker's house, they found two dead cats strung up on a fence, which was distressing for the officers, Sen-Sgt Hennigan said.

"The community was very happy we arrested him very quickly," she told AAP.

Darryl Smith, 39, has been charged with grievous bodily harm, assault, animal cruelty and possessing drug paraphernalia.

He appeared in the Karratha Magistrates Court on Friday and was remanded in custody while he seeks legal advice ahead of his next court appearance on November 2.

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