A 92-year-old woman was raped by a sicko in one of the “most appalling” crimes, a police chief has claimed.
Craig Anthony Wheatman, 28, has been charged with the sexual assault, assault and break and enter of a 92-year-old woman whose wallet and cash he is alleged to have then run off with at 2am on Saturday.
The victim from inner west Sydney, Australia was left 'shaken and disorientated' following the attack, during which she alerted her son by activating her emergency medical alarm.
Charged with the horrendous attack, Mr Wheatman chose not to appear on screen before Burwood Local Court on Monday after spending the night in custody, news.com.au reports.
Burwood police responded to the son of the woman's emergency call and launched an investigation which led to the suspect's arrest by specialist sex crimes detectives, on Sunday afternoon.
Court documents allege Wheatman, from Strathfield, forcibly performed sexual intercourse on the elderly woman without her consent, to “intentionally inflict” harm on her between 2am and 3.45am.
He was taken to Burwood police station and charged with aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offence, aggravated sexual assault/inflicting actual bodily harm on a victim, sexually touching another person without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Mr Wheatman was refused bail and did not apply for release in court on Monday, according to The Weekly Times.
Speaking to 2GB on Monday morning, Detective Acting Superintendent Chris Burwood said: “It was a very, very confronting scene … when you're dealing with the most vulnerable members of our community, to see something like this is probably one of the most appalling things I’ve seen in 30 years of policing.”
The elderly woman was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for injuries, including cuts and bruises, before she was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Police say she was too disoriented to be interviewed on Saturday but has since been released from hospital to her family.
Superintendent Goddard praised the joint efforts of New South Wales police teams, he said: “I’m pleased to say (the woman) is doing remarkably well considering the circumstances.
“It was an outstanding team effort from all parts of the NSW Police Force.
"From general duties officers responding, through to local detectives at Burwood, through to forensic examiners who attended, analysed and processed the crime scene, through to my investigators at the child abuse and sex crimes squad.”
Mr Wheatman will next appear in court on March 13.