Aged care worker in custody after alleged attack on 81-year-old woman leaves her hospitalised

Gertie Spurling

An aged-care worker is in custody on Wednesday night, accused of savagely attacking an elderly woman.

The 81-year-old is in hospital recovering from shocking injuries.

Police allege that Phillip Athanasos was on duty at Pine Lodge in Plympton North on Sunday night when he allegedly began beating the 81-year-old resident over the head.

Police allege that Phillip Athanasos was the aged care worker who beat an elderly resident. Source: 7 News
The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Pine Lodge facility in Plympton North. Source: 7 News

A court heard the alleged victim feared for her life as Athanasos put his hand over her mouth and said "you'll never cause any trouble ever again."

She was taken to the Flinders Medical Centre with serious head and facial injuries.

Staff reported the incident to police the following day and Athanasos was arrested after being questioned on Tuesday night.

Athanasos was arrested after being interviewed by police on Tuesday night. Source: 7 News

The 45-year-old aged care worker is claiming innocence, saying the victim fell and when he tried to help her the sight of blood caused him to faint on her bed.

Bail was denied due to the seriousness of the allegations and the vulnerability of the victim at the time of the alleged attack.

Athanasos has been denied bail due to the seriousness of the alleged incident. Source: 7 News

While Athanasos will front court again in April, Southern Cross Care says it is taking the matter seriously and working with the resident's family.

Police believe it was an isolated incident but the investigation is ongoing.