Man who robbed elderly woman of handbag charged after DNA leads to his arrest

A man has been charged after DNA matched and identified him to the alleged aggravated robbery of an elderly woman in June.

About 4.20pm on Tuesday 9 June 2015, an 86-year-old woman was in a car park between Albert Street and Victoria Street when a man approached her from behind.

The 41-year-old man allegedly snatched the woman’s bag, causing her to fall to the ground.


It will be alleged that the man ran off with the bag which contained a sum of cash and cards.

The woman suffered a dislocated right shoulder and significant bruises.

On Sunday 21 June 2015, the handbag was located behind a church on Albert Street and was analysed for DNA.

As a result of the analysis and further investigation, detectives attached to Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command attended a house on Margina Close, Tuncurry at about 11:55am on Tuesday 8 September, and arrested the 41-year-old man.

He was taken to Forster Police Station where he was charged with robbery offence.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Forster Local Court yesterday, where he was re-refused, to appear at Taree Local Court on Tuesday 22 September 2015.