A father and son have appeared in court today accused of bashing and robbing a 91-year-old woman in her Mount Waverley home.
The woman was attacked in September last year and suffered serious injuries, including bleeding on the brain.
Gino Kovac, 49, from Noble Park, and his son, Michael, 29, from Dandenong, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court via videolink from Port Phillip Prison.
Police claim the men smashed their way into the victim's home before bashing her and dragging her from room to room demanding money and jewellery at about 9.45pm on September 17.
It is alleged the men smashed the victim's front window to get inside.
The Kovacs face 19 charges including assaulting, imprisoning and intentionally causing serious injury, and stealing $720 worth of jewellery and cash.
They are also charged with arson over a fire at another home in East Malvern that caused $100,000 damage.
The men are accused of stealing from homes in East Oakleigh, Oakleigh and Mount Waverley and are charged with attempted burglaries at several other homes in the area.
It is alleged they stole jewellery, computers and other items valued at $5000 from one house, and electrical goods valued at $19,000 from another.
Prosecutor Phillip Raimondo told the court today there had been extensive plea discussions with the Kovacs over the charges.
Mr Raimondo said he had taken the police officer in charge of the case to see a Crown prosecutor before a bottom-line resolution of the matters had been offered to the Kovacs' defence lawyers.
He asked magistrate Donna Bakos to adjourn the case for several weeks to give both the prosecution and defence time to work out how the matter would proceed.
The case would either involve the Kovacs pleading guilty or the matter being set down for a committal hearing.
Ms Bakos told the Kovacs that ongoing discussions were being held in relation to the charges against them and she remanded both men to appear again on November 15.
Police claim the 91-year-old victim was struck on the head after hearing a noise and finding two men inside a front bedroom.
She fell to the floor and when she couldn't get up one man allegedly picked her up and dragged her around the dining room.
And as she was being robbed, police allege the second man held her to the ground, banging her head on the floor.
The Kovacs were arrested days after the elderly victim went public with her story in April.