An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal and/or civil liability.
An 89-year-old woman raped and murdered in her own home was beaten to death, a court has heard.
Dorothy Woolmer's body was found in a bedroom at Waltheof Gardens, Tottenham, north London, on Sunday morning.
Reece Dempster, 22, has been charged with murder, rape, burglary, and two counts of sexual Assault .
The Old Bailey heard Ms Woolmer's death was the result of "multiple blunt trauma injuries".
Mr Dempster, who appeared via video link from HMP Belmarsh, did not enter a plea during a short hearing.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray said The Attack happened at some point between the evening of 3 August and the next day.
Mr Dempster was remanded in custody and will next appear in court in October.
He is charged with one count each of murder, rape and burglary, and two counts of sexual Assault .Reece Dempster appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Belmarsh
In a statement, Ms Woolmer's family described her as a "wonderful, beautiful woman who was full of life".
They said she "always had something to talk about" and remained "extremely self-sufficient".