Stabbed 85-year-old may have been sexually assaulted

An 85-year-old woman who was stabbed in her own home in an apparent attempted murder may have been sexually assaulted during the brutal attack.

The pensioner was left with life-threatening injuries after being attacked by a man shortly after her husband had left the couple's house in Edinburgh on Friday.

The attack occurred in the woman's home in the Morningside area of Edinburgh on Friday afternoon. Credit: Google Maps

Police Scotland's Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie confirmed the victim is in a critical but stable condition in hospital and added: "She is also displaying injuries which may be consistent with some form of sexual attack."

DCI Hardie appealed for public help in hunting the attacker after a witness described seeing a man close to the property at around 3.30pm on Friday. He is said to be aged between 18 to 30, of average build with short dark hair.