‘EVIL IN THE WORLD’

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo and Ail­ish De­laney

A PERTH mum of two says she feared for her life after be­ing attacked as she cy­cled home.

Jemma de­scribed the mo­ment she was de­lib­er­ately knocked off her bike and kicked in the face as she lay on the ground.

Speak­ing to re­porters, Jemma, who wanted her sur­name with­held, said she was cy­cling past a group of teenagers on her way home from a friend’s house in Kings­ley when she was attacked.

One of the teen boys

“clothes­lined” her, jerk­ing out his arm out to stop her, and then kicked her in the face once she fell on the ground.

Jemma suf­fered a lac­er­a­tion near her eye and ex­ten­sive bruis­ing and swelling on her back and left arm.

Her in­juries re­sulted in nerve dam­age from her mid-skull to eye­brow area, which doctors said might take up to six months to re­cover.

Jemma said she feared for her life dur­ing the bru­tal at­tack.

“I wouldn’t walk home at night any­more,” she said. “It scared my chil­dren.

“I shel­tered them from it be­cause they’re young and I don’t want them to feel like there’s such evil in the world, so I told them an­other story.” The as­sault hap­pened near the in­ter­sec­tion of Twick­en­ham Drive and Edge­ware Place in Kings­ley about 1.50am on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26. Jemma said she chose to cy­cle along Twick­en­ham Drive that night, be­liev­ing it would be well-lit and safer than her usual shortcut through a park.

“I was so close to home,” she said.

“It was com­pletely out of the blue.”

Po­lice said the of­fender was de­scribed as 15 to 17 years old, about 162cm tall with a medium build.

De­tec­tive First Class Con­sta­ble Sam Busby said the boy who as­saulted Jemma was part of a group of up to six peo­ple, male and fe­male, be­lieved to be be­tween 15 and 20 years old.

“We don’t quite know where they came from, how­ever we’ve been able to track their move­ments from Hail­wood Court and (they) walked to­wards the re­tire­ment vil­lage at the cor­ner Twick­en­ham Drive and Edge­ware Place,” he said.

Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

Jemma is still re­cov­er­ing after the late night at­tack.

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