Woman frightened of being left alone now
Self defence classes are at the top of Maxine Lozell’s to-do list.
Well, after she recovers well enough to walk without crutches that is.
Battered and bruised, the mother of two was lucky to escape with her life after a brutal attack outside her Lichfield home on April 22.
The 42-year old was left unconscious and freezing after she was set upon by two men.
This is the second time in the past two years that Lozell has been assaulted by strangers on her own property.
But Lozell said this latest atrocity makes her first assault appear trivial.
The nightmare began just after 6am when Lozell left for work.
What she thought was their dog coming through the gate turned out to be a nasty surprise.
Two men grabbed the rest home worker and demanded her keys, but when she forgot where they were, the attacks started.
‘‘ He started punching and kicking,’’ she said.
As the beating was dished out, she heard her attackers planning to steal one of her greyhounds.
‘‘I guess they thought they were valuable enough,’’ she said.
She managed to scramble away to her car all the while screaming as she attempted to get to the car to toot the horn.
But her husband, daughter and son- in- law lay sleeping inside, oblivious to the horror.
Before she reached the car, the men caught her.
And it was at that moment, she started to fear for her life as she was strangled with a dog lead. ‘‘I thought, ‘this is it’,’’ she said. Lozell blacked out and the attackers fled with $250.
She lay there for what she said felt like seconds, but it was an hour later at about 7:20am when the rest home rang her husband to ask where she was was.
Lozell was taken to Tokoroa Hospital and then to Waikato Hospital for tests.
She sustained a body full of bruises, fractures to her face and a sprained knee.
This is the second attack she has come under in the last two years.
In a different house, Lozell disturbed someone going through her shed and was punched in the face and kicked.
But last Tuesday’s attack was a whole new level.
All her confidence has been replaced by fear - the attack destroying her view of her ‘‘nice quiet community’’.
‘‘It makes you aware you aren’t even safe in your own home,’’ she said.
‘‘ I was home alone for five minutes the other day and as soon as that car left the driveway, I started to panic.’’
Although she is in fear, she plans to regain her confidence with a self defence class.
In panic, Lozell said the ‘‘ obey and observe’’ rule was lost on her.
Tokoroa Senior Sergeant, Graeme Hill said no arrests had been made and the investigation is ongoing.
He said the attack was ‘‘random’’ especially in a rural area, but warned people to still be wary.
Scarred: Maxine Lozell has been scarred in more ways than one from the vicious beating she received