Recovering from a brutal bashing at the hands of a large group of teenage girls in Dunedin on Saturday night are (from left) Makayla Spiers, Annalise Cooper and Tae Flavell. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Police are working to interview six or seven people, all
believed to be aged 15 and 16 years, following a vicious
assault in Dunedin that was caught on video.
A 14-second clip showing drunken teenage girls kicking
defenceless victims has been circulated widely on social
media, appalling the three young women who are recovering
from the 10-minute-long assault.
In the clip, Annalise Cooper (19) tries to shield her
head and torso as she is repeatedly kicked and punched by
assailants still holding cans of RTDs.
Later, she is dragged by her hair on to the road, where she
is knocked out by repeated kicks to her head.
Near the end of the assault, she is stomped with such force
she has a shoe-print-sized bruise on her forehead.
Half an hour earlier, about 10pm, Miss Cooper had joined
Makayla Spiers (18) at Tae Flavell's Cargill St flat for a
Saturday night drink.
The women say they went outside and noticed a large group of
teenage girls coming towards them, knocking over wheelie bins
and scattering rubbish.
After the flat's wheelie bin was knocked over, the women said
they asked the group to clean up the mess.
The dozen girls - estimated to be aged 15 to 16 - then formed
a semicircle around them.
''What are you going to do about it?'' one of the girls asked
as the group started shoulder barging the young women.
A girl then opened an RTD can and poured it over the three
women as another girl punched Miss Cooper in the face.
''I was then hit in my glasses, and I saw Annalise getting
pulled by the hair and being hit and kneed in the face,'' a
visibly upset Miss Flavell (19) recalled.
''I ran over and was then grabbed by the hair and punched and
forced over, which was when I broke my ankle.''
Both women were on the ground as they were surrounded by the
drunk-looking girls, who then started to kick and punch them.
''I was screaming and this girl ran up and punched me in the
face ... As I curled up on the ground she kicked me in the
ribs,'' Miss Flavell said.
Meanwhile, Miss Spiers, who recognised the girls from her
former school, was not targeted by the group but tried to
stop them raining blows on the pair.
''It was just continuous kicking and punching to the body,
head ribs, just everywhere. I would pull one girl off and
another would start ... I was just useless.''
The video - believed to be filmed by a young male
accompanying the group - had since surfaced on Facebook,
which left the trio feeling ''disgusted''.
''Who would watch something that severe and not do
anything,'' Miss Spiers asked.
The group left swearing and mocking their victims as they
headed off in the direction of the CBD. The three women were
later taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance.
In addition to bruising, the women were missing clumps of
hair and had been off work, with Miss Flavell off for up to
six weeks with a broken ankle.
The assault had left them shaken, suffering nightmares and
questioning parents who would allow their underage teens to
drink alcohol unsupervised on city streets.
Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said yesterday police attended
the assault after receiving two calls from members of the
Earlier, police had been called to a disorder incident in
upper Stuart St allegedly involving a large group of females
who had left a large high school party in the suburb of