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Man killed on train homeless and cold: police

An elderly man who died from a beating on an inter-city train was homeless and taking refuge from the winter cold when he was attacked, police believe.
The 76-year-old boarded a southbound train at Newcastle just before 4am on Friday but, about 30 minutes later, he was found severely beaten and lying in a pool of blood when the train stopped at Fassifern.

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition and died on Saturday.”We suspect he’s potentially a homeless person and a transient riding the trains from Sydney to Newcastle and back,” the Lake Macquarie crime manager said today.

“A lot of homeless people do ride trains overnight to keep warm. It’s shelter and air-conditioned.”
Police know the identity of the man, but are waiting to speak to his family.
They are also waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination today.

“We have an idea who it may be but we need to confirm that, obviously,” acting Inspector Gillies said.
“We do know that he had severe facial injuries and obviously we suspect head trauma, which led directly to his death.”

It is understood the man was first noticed on the floor of the train by other passengers.Acting Inspector Gillies would not say if he had suffered any defensive wounds.

The early-morning eight-carriage train is popular with workers from Newcastle and the central coast and is full by the time it leaves Gosford, acting Inspector Gillies said.

“There’s nothing to suggest there’s a wave of crime going through these trains,” he said.”There are a lot of commuters so we’re hoping that someone has seen the incident itself or seen things before or after the incident.”

Police have spoken to a number of people who saw the victim just before the assault but are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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