Police charge teenager over rape of elderly Mackay woman

POLICE have charged a 17-year-old following a sexual assault on an 80-year-old woman in Mackay last month.

Around 7pm on May 12, the elderly woman was approached in the front yard of a property on Finch Street and police will allege she was then sexually assaulted.

The Slade Point woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

At the time, Detective Inspector Karyn Murphy said it was very rare for such a sex assault to occur.

It happened in the woman's yard as she returned from a walk with her dog.

Luckily the woman was able to escape from her attacker and get help.

She suffered bruising in the attack.

Police have charged a 17-year-old Slade Point man with one count of rape and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today.