Nun in hospital after brutal daylight attack

AN elderly nun is in hospital after a woman allegedly attempted to rob her in Sydney's CBD yesterday.

About 1pm Friday, the 77-year-old Catholic nun withdrew cash from an ATM on the corner of Castlereagh and Liverpool Streets.

Noticing a woman standing very close behind her, the nun put the money into her purse and held it tightly to her chest as she walked away.

It's alleged the other woman followed the nun for about 50 metres along Liverpool Street before grabbing her around the waist and trying to steal the purse.

A struggle ensued, during which the nun fell to the ground and hit her head on a wall, and the other woman fell on top of her. However, the nun did not let go of the purse.

A number of bystanders came to the nun's aid, while the alleged attacker walked away empty-handed. She was arrested a short time later by Australian Federal Police who happened to be in the area.

Officers from City Central Local Area Command arrived soon after and took the 49-year-old woman to City Central Police Station.

She was subsequently charged with assault with intent to rob and refused bail to appear in Parramatta Bail Court today.

An ambulance transported the nun to St Vincent's hospital, where she is being treated for a non-life-threatening head injury.

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