A MALE carer is today behind bars, charged with aggravated assault causing harm after he allegedly attacked a defenseless 81-year-old woman at an aged care home in Adelaide.
The 45-year-old man was on duty when it’s alleged he seriously assaulted the elderly woman at a care facility at Plympton North, in the city’s south-west, on Sunday night.
It’s alleged the man viciously beat the vulnerable woman over the head before placing his hand over her mouth and muttering the words: “you will never cause any trouble ever again”.
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The woman was taken to Flinders Medical Centre with serious head and facial injuries. She remained in hospital on Wednesday where she was being closely monitored, police said.
It’s understood staff at the hospital reported the matter to police the day after the alleged assault.
The 45-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and later charged with aggravated assault causing harm.
According to 7 News, the man has denied the allegations, claiming the elderly woman fell and struck her head and, as he went to help her, the sight of blood caused him to faint on her bed.
He appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he was formally refused bail due to the nature of the allegations and the fact that the woman was in a vulnerable position. He’ll appear in court again in April.
In a statement, police said the incident appeared to be isolated however, investigations are continuing.
An aged care worker is behind bars accused of savagely attacking an elderly woman – the 81-year-old is in hospital recovering from shocking injuries. https://t.co/2uosLkyQOQ @GertieSpurling7 #7News pic.twitter.com/gSZJgQ97E9
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) January 31, 2018