Elderly woman attacked in home in Cook Islands

An elderly Takitumu woman is still in Rarotonga hospital after allegedly being attacked and sexually abused in her home at the weekend.

Police received the report of the incident at 5.10am on Saturday.

The victim, reported to be in her early 80s, is a mama from Takitumu who lives alone.

Police  allege the victim was attacked after getting out of bed to check why a kitchen light she normally left  on, was turned off.

Detective inspector Areumu Ingaua said a forensic examination of the scene was carried out  and a number of items were collected for analysis.

“No-one has been arrested but we have a person of interest in this investigation,” said Ingaua.

The disturbing news has sent shock waves through the community and police are urging all families to look out for each other and your neighbours – especially the elderly.
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