A 72-year-old pensioner grandmother who was reported raped by a teen migrant from Afghanistan has lost her will to live a few months before the accused teenager is due to be released from jail in Austria.
The woman was attacked in autumn on September 1, 2015 by a 17-year-old asylum seeker when she offered him her hand to pull him out of a canal where he was swimming.
‘It was a really hot day and I decided to take my dog for a walk along the Schwechat River, and saw two young men swimming there’, she told the court at the time.
She said that one of the young men had offered her his hand, asking her to help him onto the bank, which she had given.
She said: ‘Suddenly, I felt a blow from behind.’
The woman was grabbed and was pushed to the ground, and then the attacker put his hand over her mouth and used his other hand to tear off her clothing and raped her. Fortunately, the woman still managed to get herself home where she locked the door and was later found by a friend.
Hans Vesely, friend of an elderly woman said: ‘She is not the same woman anymore. She doesn’t trust being left on her own and does not leave home, and she’s become very weak since the incident.’
The teen was identified as Wahab M., when the case was brought to the court in January 2016, who was given a 20-month jail sentence.
Her daughter, who until the tragedy was a refugee aid worker, said: ‘I knew it would eventually end like this.’
The woman is reportedly fighting for her life in the intensive care ward at her local hospital after she stopped eating and is now only being kept alive by machines.
Her daughter said: ‘She is experiencing a terrible end, when I look at her, her eyes are completely empty, her body is now just skin and bone. I knew it would end like this, she lost the will to live afterwards.’