A 91-year-old woman who was bashed and robbed by a father and
son burglary team in her Melbourne home was threatened with
rape if she went to police, court documents reveal.
Gino Kovac, 49, and his son, Michael, 29, both pleaded guilty
in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to charges including
recklessly causing serious injury and burglary, stemming from
the September 17 attack in the city's southeastern suburbs.
The men broke in through the front window of the victim's
Mount Waverley home, tackled her to the ground, hit her and
dragged her from room to room, demanding money and jewellery,
the court heard.
The woman spent a week in hospital, suffering bleeding on the
brain, cuts to the head and extensive bruising.
At one point, Gino Kovac grabbed her around the neck and
began to strangle her out of frustration at being unable to
find where her jewellery was kept, the woman said in a
statement tendered in court.
"I was scared and did what they said because I was fearful
that if I didn't and they got angry then they would finish me
off and kill me," she said.
Before the pair fled with cash and jewellery, Michael Kovac
warned the victim as she lay bleeding on the floor, "If you
go to the police I'll come back and rape you."
He pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to inflict
serious injury over the remark.
The Kovacs also admitted breaking into several other homes in
Melbourne's southeast and stealing tens of thousands of
dollars worth of valuables on the same night.
Magistrate Donna Bakos ordered the two men - who appeared via
video link from Port Phillip Prison - to face pre-sentence
hearings in the County Court of Victoria on March 26 next
Gino Kovac, of Noble Park, and Michael Kovac, of Dandenong,
did not apply for for bail, and both were remanded in