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Off-duty nurse is assaulted by an elderly woman who coughed in a ‘coronavirus-inspired attack’

A woman aged in her 70s is accused of punching an off-duty nurse in the face after deliberately coughing in her direction. 

The 25-year-old nursing assistant was in her uniform when she visited a takeaway shop on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath, north-west of Sydney, on Tuesday.

Police said an elderly woman entered the store about 4.30pm and began to purposely cough in the direction of the healthcare worker. 

A woman aged in her 70s is accused of punching an off-duty nurse in the face after deliberately coughing in her direction (stock image)

A woman aged in her 70s is accused of punching an off-duty nurse in the face after deliberately coughing in her direction (stock image)

A woman aged in her 70s is accused of punching an off-duty nurse in the face after deliberately coughing in her direction (stock image) 

The 25-year-old nursing assistant was in her uniform when she visited a takeaway shop on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath, north-west of Sydney, on Tuesday (stock image)

The 25-year-old nursing assistant was in her uniform when she visited a takeaway shop on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath, north-west of Sydney, on Tuesday (stock image)

The 25-year-old nursing assistant was in her uniform when she visited a takeaway shop on the Great Western Highway in Blackheath, north-west of Sydney, on Tuesday (stock image) 

The 25-year-old woman was again confronted by the older lady when she went to leave the store.

Police said the woman verbally abused the nursing assistant and then punched her twice in the face.

After escaping the attack and leaving the store, she reported the assault to officers from Blue Mountains Police Area Command.

They are now asking for public assistance to find the elderly woman.

She is described as white, aged in her 70s and about 150cm tall with white shoulder-length hair.

Police said she was wearing beige-coloured overalls with yellow stripes, a white shirt and a silver necklace and pendant at the time of the physical altercation.

Witnesses as well as anyone who may have footage of the incident are urged to contact Katoomba Police Station or Crime Stoppers. 

The 25-year-old woman was again confronted by the older lady when she went to leave the store

The 25-year-old woman was again confronted by the older lady when she went to leave the store

The 25-year-old woman was again confronted by the older lady when she went to leave the store 

Source: dailymail UK

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