Stranger bashes Wandal woman

THE traumatised victim of a random and brutal New Year’s Day bashing would give anything to find out why she was singled out.

The woman, 49, was in Brisbane yesterday seeing medical specialists after suffering serious face and head injuries when a stranger entered her Wandal home and attacked her with a blunt instrument while she slept.

Police said the woman, who has asked not to be identified, was savagely beaten unconscious in her Jones Street home between 4am and 6.30am.

Police yesterday said the attack was “extremely worrying” and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“I am sore and I’m having headaches, but at least I’m alive,” the woman said yesterday in between medical appointments.

“I’m rather confused as to why this has happened.

“I don’t know if someone was targeting me, but I can’t think of anyone who would want to do this.

“It’s frustrating knowing this person is out there and could do it again to someone else.”

The woman said she would stay in Brisbane for a few weeks for ongoing medical treatment to the multiple face and hand fractures she suffered.

On the day of her attack she was alone at home after her husband had gone fishing and teenage daughter was staying at a friend’s place.

“I was asleep and I woke up being attacked to my head,” the woman said.

“It was the right side of my face because I was sleeping on my left side.

“I called out ‘help, please stop’ and threw my arms up over my head to protect myself.

“I didn’t see anyone or hear anything, I was just being struck.

“I think I was knocked unconscious because the next thing I recall was lying there with a pillow over my head.

“I realised I had to get some help so I went to the phone and called triple-zero.”

She can’t remember how long the attack lasted.

She said family and friends were also taking what had happened hard.

“Everyone is so shocked this has happened,” the woman said.

“It’s affecting us all. My young daughter is scared to go back home.

“I would be really pleased to know it was a random attack or a case of mistaken identity, but I’ll probably never find that out.”

Rockhampton police CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Darrin Shadlow said the attack was “extremely worrying”.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who can help us with the investigation,” Senior Sergeant Shadlow said.

He said police didn’t have any suspects for the attack and were treating the investigation as one of high importance.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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