Hospital rapist wore surgical clothing, judge is told
WAGGA DISTRICT COURT
AFTER sneaking into Wagga’s Calvary Hospital, Antony Paul Hanney disguised himself as a health practitioner by putting on surgical “scrubs” before raping one elderly female patient and indecently assaulting another.
Hanney’s subterfuge included entering the hospital in a lift with a genuine visitor, telling the man he was there to visit a hospital worker.
Once inside, Hanney – who previously worked at Calvary – slipped into a room and put on the scrubs, including a bandana worn by doctors in operating theatres, Wagga District Court was told this afternoon.
Chilling details of the attacks on the two women, then aged 77 and 86, were revealed in sentencing submissions presented to Judge Phillip Mahony SC by Virginia Morgan for the Crown and solicitor David Barron for Hanney.
Hanney, 47, has pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and to indecent assault.
He has admitted to accosting the women between 9pm and 9.30pm on September 30, 2012.
Judge Mahony todayalso listened to a victim impact statement read by one of the daughters of the woman who was indecently assaulted.
The woman spoke of how the attack on her mother changed her mum from being a confident and outgoing woman enjoying her retirement to one who feels violated, is terrified of being attacked again, is withdrawn and haunted by her horrific experience.
The victim is also grappling with how such an attack could have occurred in a hospital where she was supposed to be safe.
“She was scared that the person who assaulted her might return to hurt her again,” the victim’s daughter said.
Hanney went into the witness box and said he was affected by drugs and alcohol at the time of the attacks and all he knew of the incident was what he had been told.
He said while on remand he isreading the Bible and attending prayer groups to help become a better person.
HOSPITAL: Calvary Hospital, where Antony Hanney accosted two elderly patients in 2012.
“I would like to say I am very sorry for what I have done; I can’t take it back, but I wish I could,” Hanney said.
“There is not a day I don’t think about it and I am ashamed of myself.”
Ms Morgan submitted to Judge Mahony that Hanney’s expressions of remorse were disingenuous.
Hanney has been in custody since his arrest two days after the attacks.
Judge Mahony will sentence Hanney on a date to be fixed, possibly in Wagga next week or in Sydney some time later.
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