Man arrested over vicious attack on elderly woman
A MAN has been charged with attempted murder following the vicious attack which left an elderly woman with a fractured nose, bleeding to her brain and multiple cuts and bruises.
The 84-year-old was randomly attacked by a male intruder shortly after arriving home to her North Turramurra retirement village in mid-November.
The attack left Patricia, who did not wish to give her surname for safety reasons, with serious injuries. She is continuing rehabilitation following the attack.
A man was yesterday arrested after a vehicle stop on the Pacific Highway at Wahroonga.
Police also executed search warrants at a hotel in Pyrmont and a house on Jindalee Ave, Orange, where they seized clothing and jewellery.
The 43-year-old was taken to Hornsby Police Station and charged with seven offences including attempted murder, enter and commit serious indictable offence and enter commit serious indictable offence and three counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Police also charged the man over an aggravated break and enter in Cromer a day earlier.
Patricia's daughter Caroline spoke out following the November attack and said her mother, who has lived in Turramurra and St Ives for most of her life, had been a resident of the home for six weeks.
"She just can't believe this has happened and she feels extremely violated - your home is supposed to be your safe place," Caroline said.
"My father died in April so she's still in the process of grieving and now she has to grieve the loss of her independence, her safety and her security in a home she had just moved into.
"This should never happen to the most vulnerable of vulnerable in our community and as a family we are absolutely outraged and appalled."