Man Allegedly Used Pillow To Smother His Bedridden Mother
WARNING, GRAPHIC: A Sydney mother’s medical alert bracelet saved her life when she was attacked in her own home, allegedly by her son.
Police say 36-year-old Shaun Johnston arrived at his mother's home in Lalor Park in Sydney's west at about 11.30pm on Wednesday.
He allegedly entered a bedroom in the house and started to argue with his 64-year-old bedridden mother, who has emphysema.
Johnston then allegedly asked her for money. When she said she didn't have any, police say he attacked her.
Police allege Johnston used a pillow to smother his mother and restrict her breathing.
"She's got very frail skin and blood blisters on her face and arms. She's very shaken and doing good," The woman's daughter-in-law told 10 News First.
During the alleged ordeal, the woman managed to activate her medical alert bracelet, triggering a response from emergency services.
"She couldn't reach her phone so she pushed the emergency button," the daughter-in-law said.
"It's a loudspeaker and an ambulance and a closer relative is immediately called."
It's claimed the woman survived the alleged attack with her quick thinking and will to live.
"She's pretty tough and lucky to be here and for her to fight the way she did we don't know how she did it," the daughter-in-law said.
"Adrenaline and her will to live is how she's still here. I'm very proud of her."
She arrived at the woman's home within two minutes of the emergency call. When she walked into the bedroom, Johnston was allegedly standing over his mother.
Paramedics arrived shortly after.
10 News First understands police were at a neighbours house at the time of the alleged attack.
Emergency crews found the woman with a number of injuries and took her to Blacktown Hospital for further treatment.
Johnston was arrested at the scene and was later charged with attempt to strangle/suffocate with intent to murder.
He was refused bail and will face Blacktown Local Court on Friday.
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