Teacher hurt in at­tack by girls

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

A TEACHER had her nose bro­ken and car stolen in a sav­age at­tack by four girls in the Pim­lico TAFE carpark.

The 57- year- old fe­male teacher was headed to her car about 5.15pm on Wed­nes­day, af­ter fin­ish­ing her lec­tures, when she was as­saulted by the girls, who then stole her car.

The car was taken on a wild joy ride around Townsville be­fore crash­ing into a parked car in Vin­cent. The girls left the scene on foot and had not been caught late yesterday.

Pres­i­dent of the Queens­land Teach­ers Union ( TAFE) Townsville Mur­ray Holm said it was shock­ing that a lec­turer could be as­saulted try­ing to go home af­ter a day at work.

“It’s not good enough ... you shouldn’t have to worry about walk­ing to your car in broad day­light but it ap­pears that’s the cir­cum­stances now,” Mr Holm said.

“TAFE is a safe place. If it isn’t that means Pim­lico is an un­safe place and so is the high school. “Where does it stop?” Act­ing of­fi­cer in charge of the Child Pro­tec­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit De­tec­tive Se­nior Ser- geant Ben Hunter said po­lice were try­ing to track the move­ments of the ve­hi­cle af­ter it was stolen.

“Our un­der­stand­ing is that there was in­ci­dent that oc­curred in Pim­lico where a fe­male sus­tained some in­juries and as a re­sult her ve­hi­cle was stolen,” Sen- Sgt Hunter said.

“We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing where the ve­hi­cle has trav­elled af­ter it was stolen.’’

North­ern Re­gion Act­ing Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor said it was wor­ry­ing to see a spate of car thefts around Townsville, es­pe­cially when vi­o­lence was used.

“It’s ex­tremely con­cern­ing, par­tic­u­larly with the age of the vic­tim,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“I think the com­mu­nity as a whole would be ut­terly dis­gusted with the ac­tions of the young peo­ple in­volved, I know I cer­tainly am.”

TAFE Queens­land North gen­eral man­ager Joann Pyne said the TAFE com­mu­nity was “shocked and deeply sad­dened by this un­pro­voked at­tack”.

“Our pri­or­ity is to sup­port the staff mem­ber, their fam­ily, and the TAFE Queens­land North com­mu­nity,” she said.

A 16- year- old girl has been charged with armed rob­bery, two counts of un­law­ful use of a car, driv­ing with­out a li­cence, fail­ure to stop and dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a car.

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