Woman awakes to find man standing in her room

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A man will face court today (Friday 11 December) after being charged over an alleged aggravated break and enter in Newcastle at the weekend.

About 3am on Sunday 6 December, an 84-year-old woman was asleep at a home on Marsden Street, Shortland, when she was woken by an unknown male standing in her room.

The man spoke to the elderly resident before she called family members for assistance.

He then left the home.

The elderly woman wasn’t injured.

Later that morning, police were called and officers from Newcastle City Police District started an investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, police attended a separate home on Marsden Street and arrested a 19-year-old man on Wednesday 9 December.

He was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence with people there.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court yesterday (Thursday 10 December), where he was formally bail refused to reappear at the same court on Friday 11 December.