Hillier assault victim remains in hospital

A 59-YEAR-OLD Hillier man who suffered life-threatening head injuries in a violent home invasion last week remains in a “very serious” condition, according to police.

Police were called to a Hillier Road property on Sunday, July 1, after receiving reports that the 59-year-old resident had been discovered in a pool of blood by a 24-year-old man.

The 59-year-old was later revealed to be Peter Phyland, a local businessman, who was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with what were, at the time, classified as life-threatening injuries.

A police spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that Mr Phyland was still recovering in hospital, and that the police investigation is still ongoing.

“The victim’s condition is slowly improving, however he remains in a very serious condition,” she said.

The spokeswoman was unable to provide further details. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperssa.com.au. Police advise anyone offering information can remain anonymous.


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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