Poor lighting unacceptable as teen fights off attacker
CONCERNS have been raised about poorly lit streets in Port Douglas after a brave teenager fought off a possible attack on Warner St last Thursday night.
The 19-year-old woman was walking home along after finishing work around midnight on Thursday, according to Port Douglas Officer-in-charge Sergeant Damian Meadows, when she cut through the vacant bloke between Warner and Mowbray Streets and was grabbed from behind.
“She felt like she was being fol- lowed, she was in the darkest street and when she’d been grabbed from behind at that location she spun around and defended herself quite admirably,” Sgt Meadows said.
“She used her knee in the right direction.”
Friends of the woman wrote into the Gazette about their concerns over poor street lighting and community safety after the attack.
“Luckily she was able to fight him off and escape, but it was a traumatic experience,” the friends wrote.
“When are the safety of locals and visitors going to be taken seri- ously by the powers-that-be.
“Our complaint - Warner St and the lack of lighting and footpaths.
“Many hospitality workers face a walk home late at night by either not having their own transport, or finishing after the public transport services have ceased. “
OIC Meadows said that the community should be mindful about walking home alone and in the darker streets of Port Douglas.
“I’ve seen women in this town walking the length of Port Douglas Rd at all hours of day and night, I know you can’t blame but there’s a particular element of society that will prey on that,” he said.
“Port Douglas is complacent and complacency lends itself to offenders and it’s not just women, I’ve seen people down Macrossan St, intoxicated and lying in the grass having a camp.”
One of the upset friends who wrote to the Gazette also works in hospitality and said it is time the council did something about Warner and Mudlo St before someone else is attacked.
“It is not just the locals but tourists who also complain about inadequate lighting and lack of footpaths,” they wrote.
“There is no option other than to walk on the road day and night, as walking on the side is to dangerous because of the exposed tree roots.
“The current situation is unacceptable and should be a priority to be fixed before a more another attack occurs and or an accident involving vehicles.
“It’s time our safety was taken seriously.”
Police are still investigating the incident and are appealing to anyone with information to call police on 4087 1999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.