A 90-year-old woman in Germany was dragged into a courtyard and violently raped by a teenage immigrant, a court has heard.
The 19-year-old Spanish-Moroccan man is alleged to have asked the woman for money while she was visiting a church in Dusseldorf.
Prosecutors claim he confronted the elderly woman in St Lambertus Church and shouted ‘Money, money!’ at her.
When she said she did not have any money to give him, the man allegedly dragged her outside and carried out the appalling attack before strangling her and pulling her hair. She survived the ordeal and was hospitalized.
The alleged attacker is also said to have stolen the key to her house and written down her address, although there is no evidence that he ever broke in.
The man is accused of rape, bodily harm and theft following the attack on October 2 last year. A CCTV image (pictured) of him was released by police at the time.
Police said they were able to trace the teenager by using DNA evidence. A sample of his DNA was already on their database following a robbery in May last year, according to website RP-online.
If found guilty of the charges against him, the man faces a prison sentence of 15 years.