Coward thief accused of fracturing 94-year-old woman’s skull in cruel attack

A 94-YEAR-OLD woman is fighting for her life in hospital with bleeding on the brain after her skull was fractured in a shocking bag snatch attempt in Sydney’s inner west.

Police said the elderly woman was walking along Norton Street at Ashfield on Sunday when, just before 11am, she was allegedly bailed up by a man at the intersection of Joseph Street.

The 28-year-old man allegedly tried snatching the woman’s handbag, however, police said she put up a fight and managed to hold on to her bag.


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The man then allegedly shoved the woman to the ground, fracturing her skull on the pavement, before running away from the scene empty-handed.

Bystanders who witnessed the incident raced to the woman’s aid and assisted her until emergency services arrived.

The 94-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a large gash across the back of her head.

Further tests and scans revealed the woman’s skull had been fractured, causing blood to leak into her brain.

She remains in a critical condition in hospital tonight, fighting for her life.

Police described the attack as “heinous “.

“This is a particularly heinous crime committed on a vulnerable and elderly member of our community,” Chief Inspector Brendan Searson said.

“[the man] allegedly pushed [the woman] hard enough that she fell backward onto the ground, hit her head on the pavement causing a fracture to her skull.

“She’s in a very serious condition and we hope that she pulls through.”

Following an intense investigation, the 28-year-old man was arrested on Liverpool Street on Monday morning.

He was charged with aggravated assault with intent to rob with wounding and due to front Burwood Local Court today.