A man suffered serious head injuries after he was attacked in a house following an aggravated burglary.

The home at The Gorelands, Catsash, near Newport, belongs to Prana Ballava Das who is currently facing trial false accounting, theft and for health and safety offences relating to the running of Brithdir Care Home, New Tredegar.

But police would not confirm if Mr Das was the victim of the aggravated burglary and would only say a 65-year-old man has been hospitalised after the attack.

A Gwent police spokesman said the victim was in his home in the Catsash area, when he was assaulted during a burglary at around 3am on Sunday.

The man is currently in hospital in a stable condition. A woman was also in the home at the time but was not injured.

An Aneurin Bevan Health Board spokesman confirmed that a man named Prana Ballava Das was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital at 8.50am on Sunday and was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, at 4.50pm on the same day.

Police were still stationed outside the property yesterday (mon) while investigations took place. It was reported that the property was also sealed off on Sunday and that forensic examinations were taking place.

The offenders are described as a man in his mid 30s with short, dark hair, wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans and a woman in her early 20s with long dark hair tied back, wearing a light grey top, black trousers and calf-high black boots.

Both were last seen in the Pill area of Newport at around 7.15am on Sunday.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The Argus reported how Das appeared in court in April this year alongside co-accused Paul Black, of Ash Grove, Gloucester, over charges relating to Brithdir Care Home, New Tredegar.

The two face offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act but Das also faces four charges of false accounting and one charge of theft. The latter offence relates to cheques worth £23,080.65 Das was director of Puretruce Health Care Ltd which owned the home and Black was chief executive.

Puretruce Health Care Ltd is itself charged with two counts of failing to discharge a duty under section three of the Health and Safety at Work Act relating to the treatment of residents.

Das, who also pleaded on behalf of the care home, and Black pleaded not guilty to all the charges which relate to offences committed between 2002 and 2006.

A trial is listed to take place in January. The care home was sold by Puretruce Health Care Ltd in 2006.