Sex attack and robbery of 80-year-old woman

A woman in her eighties was sexually assaulted and robbed at her home in Athy on 1 October last.

A woman in her eighties was sexually assaulted and robbed at her home in Athy on 1 October last.

The house of the elderly woman, who lives alone, was broken into at 10.30 pm, in the centre of town.

The woman attends respite care. She is believed to be heavily traumatised by the attack. She reported the alleged crime to gardai the following Monday as she was so distraught.

She was in a Dublin hospital for a number of days last week. She has now moved out of her home and is currently staying with relatives, who are also in a state of shock.

“There have been no arrests to date and investigations are on-going,” said the garda press office in a statement.

Sgt Jim Bergin of Athy Garda Station said: “The investigation is in its infancy and it’s ongoing.”

Councillor Aoife Breslin described the attack as “sick” and “deeply worrying”. In the past she has lobbied for home improvements and repairs in the elderly housing estate in question and knows the residents there well.

“It is the first time an elderly person in Athy has been attacked so viciously in their home, probably in the county,” she said.

“These are sick people. They will do anything for some pills, for money for drugs. There seems to be an increase in burglaries and an attack like this is deeply worrying. She gave a good description of the attacker, a foreign national, he is not a local and the gardai are investigating. How can she ever recover from something like this at 84? It’s horrific. (These are) sick, sick people.”

The annual Athy Joint Policing Committee meeting is taking place this Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Community Arts Centre, where the issue of security in the home is to be discussed. Cllr Breslin welcomed this and said she will be seeking burglary figures in the town to examine if there has been an increase and, if so, what can be done to combat it.