Elderly widow brutally bashed by stranger in her retirement unit

Police are appealing for help to find the heartless attacker accused of brutally bashing an elderly widow in her Sydney retirement village unit.

Patricia, 84, had just returned home from buying flowers and groceries when she found an unknown man in her bedroom around 12.30pm on Saturday 16 November.

Police say the great-grandmother was assaulted by him, before he fled out the front door of the North Turramurra apartment.


Emergency crews were alerted to the attack and rushed to the scene, where they found Patricia with serious injuries.

She was taken to Sydney Adventist Hospital, where she continues to undergo treatment.

Detectives have since established a special strike force to investigate the vicious assault and break-in, and are now appealing for anyone with relevant information to come forward.

In particular, strike force detectives would like to speak with a man who was seen in the area at the time of the incident and has yet to be identified.

He is described as being aged between 30 and 50, about 175-180cm tall, possibly of Asian or Indian Sub-Continental appearance, with a medium build, brown eyes, dark hair, and clean shaven. At the time, he was wearing light coloured pants and a jacket, over a button-up shirt and tie.

Detectives would also like to speak with anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area and ask motorists who travelled through the area to review dash-cam vision.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.