Melbourne, November 21 : A sexagenarian man used a garden hose to fight off a teenage intruder in his backyard wearing nothing.
Walter Mayer, 61, even chased the youth down the street in the buff because the 20metre-long hose could not be extended any longer.
The fit and healthy TV repairman, however, does not think that his actions were brave.
"It was quite foolish when you sit and think about it now," Northern Territory quoted him as saying.
"But I go into destructive mode when these things happen and would do exactly the same thing again," he added.
It all began when Mayer heard the roof of his Tennant Creek home being pelted with rocks, while he was having a shower at 8pm on Monday.
He raced out to see what had happened, and heard his back screen door being rattled.
"My whole house was vibrating from the shaking of the doors," he said.
"It was a bit terrifying but my survival instinct to protect my house and myself kicked in.
"I yelled out for him to leave and then barged out the back door.
"He was sitting up on the back fence holding a big stick and then started throwing rocks at me so I grabbed my hose and just sprayed it as hard as I could at his face.
"I sprayed him up and down and had the stream going into his eyes so he couldn't see.
"He kept throwing rocks and as I got closer with the hose he took off.
"I went barefoot and naked right down the street after him - it was like a mad dog chase," he added.
Mayer alleged that when he returned to his home to call the police, the youth returned and smashed a window by throwing a big rock at his house.
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy hiding behind a nearby building soon after.
When asked why his was wet, the youngster allegedly replied that he had just taken his clothes out of the washing machine.
He was later charged with aggravated assault, being armed with an offensive weapon, unlawfully damaging property, supplying a false name and breaching bail.
The teenaged boy was remanded in custody to appear in the Tennant Creek Court on December 4.