A woman was stabbed, robbed and sexually assaulted by an intruder in her Lismore home in the early hours of Saturday morning (December 16) and police are appealing for public assistance as they investigate the incident.
Sometime after 4am, the 43-year-old woman, who was alone in her home on Little Keen Street, woke to find an unknown man inside.
Police have been told the man, armed with a knife, threatened the woman and, following a struggle, sexually assaulted her.
The man demanded money and during a further struggle, hit the woman on the head with an object.
The woman screamed, alerting neighbours, and the man fled.
The woman was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for facial injuries and lacerations to her hands, arms, and back.
She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Officers from Richmond Police District attended and commenced investigations but, despite a search of the area, the man has not been found.
As inquiries continue, investigators are trying to identify a man described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, aged in his late teens/early 20s, with black curly hair, and green eyes.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/