A MAN is accused of breaking into a 92-year-old woman’s home and raping her in a violent sexual attack.
Police working in the case in Sydney, Australia said it was one of the “most heinous” crimes they had ever witnessed.
Craig Anthony Wheatman, 28, was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated break and enter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, as well as some other charges.
NSW Police Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Acting Commander Chris Goddard said of the horrific attack: “It’s probably one of the most appalling [incidents] I’ve seen in 30 years of policing.
“Some of the most heinous crimes in the Crimes Act have been committed against this poor, defensiveness vulnerable member of our community.
“With a 92-year-old person – frail, of age – those injuries will take some time to heal.”
His lawyer Catherine Hunter said in a statement Wheatman was not looking to apply for a release and did not wish to face the court.
He refused to appear via video-link before Burwood Local Court today.
Police said Wheatman broke into the elderly woman’s home around 2 am before launching a violent attack and sexual assault and then making off with her wallet and cash.
The woman was able to activate her emergency medical alarm, which alerted her son who then informed the police.
She was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for injuries, including cuts and bruises before she was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she is recovering.
Officers said Wheatman – described as an “unemployed recluse” – was caught through a combination of “good old fashioned police work” and the outstanding efforts of the NSW Police.
Dramatic video of his arrest after being on the run for 24-hours shows the alleged attacker bare-foot and sitting in the street before being led away by cops.
The old woman is said to be keeping positive and taking steps towards recovery.
Officer Goddard told 2GB Radio: “She’s very strong-willed and very positive about this whole thing. She’s getting better with each day.”
Wheatman is alleged to have lived close to the woman in a run-down home that he had recently been evicted from.
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