Man charged over alleged physical and sexual assault of Sydney woman, 92
She was treated by paramedics for injuries, including cuts and bruises, before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has since been released into the care of her family.
Following extensive inquiries, 28-year-old Craig Anthony Wheatman was arrested on Station Street in Homebush at 5pm on Sunday.
Mr Wheatman was taken to Burwood police station, where he was charged with several offences, including aggravated break and enter, aggravated sexual assault-inflict actual bodily harm on victim, sexually touching another person without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He could face up to 25 years in jail if convicted.
Mr Wheatman declined to appear in person at Burwood Local Court on Monday and his legal representative did not apply for bail. It was formally refused.
Detective acting Superintendent Chris Goddard said the incident was one of the most “appalling” things he had seen in 30 years of policing.
“Those injuries will take some time to heal … she is strong-willed and positive about this whole thing,” he said. “Obviously [she’s] got a long time to go in terms of improvement, but she’s getting better with each day.”
He added the incident appeared to be a random attack.
The woman’s grandson, who did not want to be identified, said he was shocked when he arrived at the house to pick up his grandmother on Saturday and found it had become a crime scene.
“I just called my Dad because I wasn’t expecting police to be here and he just told me what happened and I was really annoyed,” he told Nine News.
Laura is a crime reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Jenny Noyes is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald.