Blind and deaf elderly woman ‘raped by 21-year-old care home worker’

A man accused of raping a blind and deaf elderly woman has claimed he was only "changing her incontinence pads".

The 21-year-old night shift employee claimed he visited the woman’s room to change the pads on November 29.

He is said to have used a key to enter the patient's room at the Townsville facility, in Queensland, Australia.

He was charged with rape after the alleged victim told a staff member the next morning she had been "used by a man in the night".

According to court documents, the woman said: “It's not the first time. It's been going on since I got here, and it happened to me earlier this week, too.”

The victim, who is bedridden due to diabetes as well as being blind and partially deaf, was unable to confirm the identity of her attacker.

But the 21-year-old was arrested two weeks later after his DNA matched evidence left in the woman’s room.

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The man’s defence lawyers say there was also a "third contributor" to the DNA but he was denied bail and remanded into custody.

A spokesman for the facility told the Bulletin it would be inappropriate to comment as the matter is before the courts.

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