Woman, 80, fights off sex attacker

A MAN who allegedly broke into an 80-year-old woman’s home, put her in a headlock and tried to sexually assault her has been refused bail in a Sydney court.

The 30-year-old was arrested on Friday, five days after allegedly attacking the elderly woman in her home at Newtown, in the city’s inner west.

It was about 7.30pm last Sunday when the man allegedly broke into the grandmother’s Probert Street home and grabbed her around the neck.


Police said that’s when the man placed the elderly woman in a headlock and allegedly tried to sexually assault her.

But the tables quickly turned when the 80-year-old surprised the intruder with her strength and fought back.

Despite her age, the woman eventually managed to overthrow the man before chasing him out of her home.

She called Triple-0 and was treated by paramedics at the scene for injuries to her hands and legs.

Following a week-long investigation, the woman’s alleged attacker was arrested on Friday, outside his unit on Enmore Road, 1.2 kilometres away.

He appeared in Parramatta Bail Court yesterday on a long list of charges, including aggravated break and enter, aggravated sexual assault and indecent assault.

The 30-year-old was refused bail and will appear in court at a later date.

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