THE home where the attack took place.
THE home where the attack took place.

WOMAN, 89, FIGHTS OFF SEX ATTACKER

By SAMANTHA HEALY

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who attempted to rape a half-blind and almost deaf elderly Murwillumbah woman early Tuesday morning.

The attack on the 89-year-old woman has sent shockwaves through the community with the crime being described as "disgusting" by police and residents. It is understood the woman was asleep in her bed when the attacker broke in to her home.

The victim was taken to Murwillumbah District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries while police secured the victim's residence and established a crime scene.

A police source said investigators had scoured the house and managed to turn up vital "physical" evidence which they hope to have analysed by the end of the week.

"Police have several suspects in mind," the source said.

"But it will depend on if there is a match in our systems."

Inspector Ross Wilkinson from Tweed police said officers were called to the woman's home and found her distraught.

"Police are disappointed that some people are still preying on the elderly," Insp Wilkinson said. "It's disgusting.

"We would like to remind elderly people to ensure their homes are secure and that they are wary of strangers."

Insp Wilkinson appealed to anyone who might have any information about the incident to come forward.

A neighbour of the woman for more than 50 years, Beryl Woolacott, was horrified to hear what had happened.

"The police spent a lot of time over there (at the victim's house)," Ms Woolacott said.

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By SAMANTHA HEALY

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who attempted to rape a half-blind and almost deaf elderly Murwillumbah woman early Tuesday morning.

The attack on the 89-year-old woman has sent shockwaves through the community with the crime being described as "disgusting" by police and residents. It is understood the woman was asleep in her bed when the attacker broke in to her home.

The victim was taken to Murwillumbah District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries while police secured the victim's residence and established a crime scene.

A police source said investigators had scoured the house and managed to turn up vital "physical" evidence which they hope to have analysed by the end of the week.

"Police have several suspects in mind," the source said.

"But it will depend on if there is a match in our systems."

Inspector Ross Wilkinson from Tweed police said officers were called to the woman's home and found her distraught.

"Police are disappointed that some people are still preying on the elderly," Insp Wilkinson said. "It's disgusting.

"We would like to remind elderly people to ensure their homes are secure and that they are wary of strangers."

Insp Wilkinson appealed to anyone who might have any information about the incident to come forward.

A neighbour of the woman for more than 50 years, Beryl Woolacott, was horrified to hear what had happened.

"The police spent a lot of time over there (at the victim's house)," Ms Woolacott said.

"They came over and asked me if I had heard anything. "I heard she may have been sexually assaulted."

According to Ms Woolacott the victim, who plays cards with other residents in the street, would have put up a fight.

"It's a scumbag thing to do," Ms Woolacott said.

"She would have put a good fight. She's feisty.

"She's definitely got her wits about her."

Security conscious Ms Woolacott said she would now pay more attention to her safety after what had happened in her quiet, country street.

"There are a few of us who live on our own," Ms Woolacott said.

"It definitely makes you think more about security.

"You hear about these type of things happening in the city, but not in a nice country town like this."

Anyone with information should contact Tweed Detectives on (07) 5536 0999 or call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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