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Former Carer's 'Repulsive' Sexual Assault On Elderly Woman

Warning: Disturbing Content

A carer who wheeled an elderly man out of his Melbourne bedroom so he could rape his 82-year-old wife has been jailed for eight years.

Simon Prodanovich, 59, told his victim "ladies like that" as he sexually assaulted her while at the couple's home for the company Omni-Care on January 12.

He had arrived at the home to find the couple in bed and offered to massage the woman's legs before wheeling her elderly husband out of the room and returning for the assault.

Prodanovich fled when his victim demanded he stop and initially told police he was "gobsmacked" as to why a woman of that age would slander him.

His job had been to help her husband, with tasks including showering, but the woman also needed some assistance.

She took medication for her legs but Prodanovich had insisted a massage would be more helpful.

Judge Susan Pulley described his actions as nothing short of "appalling, reprehensible and repulsive".

Two days later, Prodanovich told police the allegations against him were fabricated before eventually pleading guilty to rape.

He blamed it on a "brain failure" and could not offer further explanation as to why he'd committed the assault, the judge said.

It "brutalised" the woman and left her feeling angry, fearful and like should couldn't trust men.

She was recently in hospital but had to be moved because she was so terrified of the male patients.

Prodanovich must serve five-and-a-half years' jail before being eligible for release on parole.

Prodanovich has admitted to the rape and was jailed in Victoria's County Court on Thursday to eight years, with a non-parole period of five years and six months, after Judge Susan Pullen labelled the assault "appalling, reprehensible and repulsive".