Man enters plea over hospital indecent act

TWO elderly women have been spared having to face their attacker in court after the man accused of raping and indecently assaulting them pleaded guilty to the attacks. 

Antony Paul Hanney faced Wagga Local Court via an audio-visual link from Junee Correctional Centre to hear his solicitor, Duc Vo, enter guilty pleas to a charge of sexual intercourse without consent and assault with an act of indecency. 

The charges related to an incident that took place in the St Gerard’s wing of Wagga’s 

Calvary Hospital on an October evening last year. 

Information provided at the time of the 47-year-old’s arrest said he gained access to the hospital outside visiting hours about 9.10pm and entered a room shared by two female patients. 

He then assaulted a 76-year-old woman as she lay in her bed. 

He moved into another room of an 86-year-old woman, lifted her night gown and indecently assaulted her by touching her through her underwear. 

Magistrate Michael Antrum committed Hanney for sentence in the Wagga District Court ordering a pre-sentence report be completed. 

The matter will be mentioned on Monday, at which time a sentence date is expected to be set. 

Hanney was formally refused bail.

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