90-year-old Victorian man runs down his 90-year-old neighbour in a mobility scooter

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A 90-year-old man deliberately mowed down his elderly neighbour in a mobility scooter – and later told police it was because they act like 16-year-olds. 

Frank Martin, of Rosebud, Victoria, spotted his neighbour from across the road shuffling towards him as he scooted down Point Nepean Rd about 10.15am on October 29 last year.

Martin swerved his mobility scooter into his 90-year-old neighbour, knocking him flat. 

He then rode off, leaving his neighbour of 20 years lying in the street.

A good Samaritan saw the injured man and took him to a clinic for first aid treatment.

Fortunately the man was not badly hurt.

When police visited Martin two days later, he denied he had assaulted his neighbour but said they both have bad tempers and do ‘silly things’, the Herald Sun reported.

‘Even though we are both 90-year-olds, we act like 16-year-olds,’ he said.

Martin has needed a motorised scooter since 1980 when he broke his neck in a workplace accident.  

His lawyer told Dromana Magistrates’ Court on Thursday that Martin believed they ran into each other, did not remember the other man falling to the ground.

The lawyer said Martin had never faced a court before, that this act was completely out of character, and that he regretted the incident. 

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said Martin should have nothing to do with his neighbour for the next six months and placed him on a six-month good behaviour bond.

‘You can’t go mowing people down on your scooter,’ he said. 

No conviction was recorded.

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