The charges against the man include breaking, aggravated sexual assault, and inflicting grievous bodily harm. He is expected to face Belmont Local Court today.
Sex Crimes Squad Commander Jayne Doherty said it was “horrendous” and “beyond belief” to attack a defenceless elderly person.
“We understand that the community will be in uproar over this type of offence,” Superintendent Doherty said.
“All we can assume is that it was an opportunistic incident,” she added.
The woman is recovering from severe wounds to her arms and is currently in the care of her family.
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