Beaten grandmother tragically dies
THE Rockhampton grandmother who was brutally bashed and raped on Australia Day died in hospital yesterday morning.
Her injuries from the attack last week in her George Street backyard were so severe she had been in a critical condition on life support at the Royal Brisbane Hospital for seven days.
The 82-year-old’s death means her alleged attacker now faces a charge of murder.
Yesterday police said they would be reviewing the case and preferred charges once a post mortem was conducted and a number of forensic investigations completed.
The alleged attacker, an 18-year-old man, is currently on remand in prison charged with attempted murder, two counts of rape, grievous bodily harm, enter premises and stealing.
Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker yesterday said the family of the woman was very distraught and asked for their privacy to be respected as they grieve.
The woman, who has lived in Rockhampton most her life, has five children, six grandchildren and a great grandchild on the way.
It’s unknown if the family had to make the tough decision to turn off her life support machine or if she simply could not fight the injuries anymore.
By law the 18-year-old man still cannot be named, despite the woman’s passing.
Police arrested the man last Wednesday, less than 36 hours after the alleged attack.
He was found in the city’s CBD after an extensive manhunt.
It is alleged the woman was gardening at 8.40am on Australia Day when she was attacked at random.
It’s been an emotional week for the family, who have been praying for her recovery. The bashing has also caused a huge response from the community.