A great-grandfather who was brutally attacked in his own front yard has been laid to rest in a casket adorned with vegetables.
Emiliano Lombardi, 84, was buried at a ceremony in Perth attended by over 100 friends and family members on Friday.
Mr Lombardi was slashed with pieces of broken mirror after going to investigate a noise outside his home in East Cannington on August 16.
The great grandfather was remembered as ‘helpful’ and left mourners with a traditional recipe for a pasta sauce as a parting gift, Nine News reported.
Emiliano Lombardi, 84, was brutally attacked outside of his Perth home on August 16 and died two weeks later. He was laid to rest in a vegetable adorned casket on Friday (pictured)
Mr Lombardi was slashed with mirror shards after checking a noise near his home and suffered a broken nose, eye injuries, and numerous deep cuts (pictured)
The 84-year-old was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital the morning after the attack and remained in intensive care until his death on August 31.
Australia was shocked when horrific images emerged after Mr Lombardi suffered a broken nose, eye injuries, and numerous deep cuts.
Mr Lombardi’s casket was decorated with a pile of homegrown fruits and vegetables to honour his passion for gardening.
He was described as ‘happy with a simple life’ and was loved all the way from his native Italy to Perth.
EMILIANO LOMBARDI’S PASTA SAUCE RECIPE
1. Dice two brown onion and chop one to two heads of fresh garlic
2. Mix with 2 jars of pasata
3. Remove skin from 500g of Italian sausage, chop and mix with sauce
4. Add ground chilli, cayenne pepper and a hand full of fresh basil
5. Garnish with parsley
Mr Lombardi’s ‘famous pasta sauce recipe’ was also shared with mourners at the funeral.
‘Emmy’s il sugo recipe’ featured a traditional Italian tomato sauce with onion, sausage, garlic and chilli.
Mr Lombardi’s children have also spoken out on their father’s tragic death and his fulfilling life.
‘He was so happy with so little and he just lived life on his own terms and helped others,’ Mr Lombardi’s daughter Laura Hussein said.
News of the attack sparked an outpouring of support and prompted neighbours and local tradesmen to look after Mr Lombardi’s home while he was hospitalised.
Tradies volunteered to repaint and plaster the great grandfather’s home, while neighbours visited daily to look after his chickens and vegetable garden.
Businesses also offered to provide new furniture and bedding after his sheets were stained with blood.
Mr Lombardi’s casket was decorated with fresh fruits and vegetables (pictured) because of his love of gardening. He also left mourners with a traditional pasta sauce recipe
Quade Karsum Jones (pictured) was charged with murder over Mr Lombardi’s death
A local vet found a dogsitter for Mr Lombardi’s pets and dozens of get-well cards were sent to the hospital by strangers.
WA Police arrested two men as part of an investigation into the horrific bashing on August 20.
Roofing tradie Quade Karsum Jones, 28, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Homicide detectives took over the investigation after Mr Lombardi’s death and charged Jones with murder.
Police will allege the attack on the great grandfather was committed as part of a rampage that lasted for an hour from 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
His charges include indecent assault, robbery, and assault occasioning bodily harm.
The 24-year-old man who allegedly joined Jones on his alleged crime spree was charged with multiple counts of criminal damage and firearm and drug crimes.
The alleged rampage included four assaults, graffiti and letterbox damage and a brick thrown through a window.
WA Police arrested Jones (pictured) at a Perth train station on August 20