Elderly woman’s assault sparks anger

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An elderly woman was found beaten, robbed and possibly raped in a forested area at Korsvoll in Oslo late Monday, and local residents are expressing shock and outrage. Police have sought help from national crime unit Kripos as the investigation continues.

“First I felt shock, then I got really angry at men who assault elderly women,” Vivian Dahl, leader of a retirees’ association at Korsvoll, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). Other neighbours were upset as well.

The woman, aged 77, was found unconscious and beaten by a skier who happened to be on the way home from an evening ski trip. The skier called police Monday night.

Dahl said the woman had attended an evening meeting of the retirees’ association. “We waved goodbye to each other when we left around 9pm,” Dahl told NRK. “Then she was smiling and fine. It was a shock to hear what happened later.”

It was the second attack on an elderly woman this year. Hilda Feste of Os, outside Bergen, was found raped an murdered in her home on January 1. She was 98. Hanne Kristin Rohde of the Oslo Police District said it was “too early” to tell whether there was any connection between the two attacks.

The 77-year-old victim was recovering at an Oslo hospital. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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