| 28.07,18. 06:19 PM |
Teen who stabbed pregnant woman in Sydney robbery charged with attempted murder
Photo: Pei-Jiun Cheah is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in her home on Thursday. (Facebook)
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder and other offences after stabbing pregnant woman Pei-Jiun Cheah during a home invasion in Sydney.
Ms Cheah was alone in her home at Gloria Close in Mount Colah on Thursday evening when she interrupted an intruder, who allegedly stabbed her in the stomach and chest.
He was also charged with aggravated break and enter, and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The boy was not required to appear in Parramatta Children's Court today and did not apply for bail.
He was remanded in custody to appear via video link in September.
If convicted, the boy faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
The family of Ms Cheah have spoken out, saying it was a "senseless, terrible and random act of violence".
They said Ms Cheah and her unborn baby were now in a stable condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.
"We would like to acknowledge the brave acts of kindness and care that the neighbourhood of Mt Colah extended to Pei-Jiun, in the short moments after the assault," they said in a statement.
"We would like to once more please request that the family be given the respect and privacy so that they can focus on Pei-Jiun's full recovery."
Yesterday, Ms Cheah's next-door neighbour Mark Bolger said the 33-year-old had managed to walk to his house after being stabbed.
"She just knocked on our door and said she'd been attacked and 'help me, help me'," Mr Bolger said.
"You could see blood but we couldn't see her actual wound."