A Queenstown woman says she was choked and attempts were made
to gouge her eyes while driving a young Englishwoman she had
picked up moments earlier on Christmas Day.
The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said she and her
5-year-old grandson had attended a Christmas Eve church
service in the resort and were heading home about 12.30am.
Along Glenda Dr, the woman said she noticed a truck driving
down the middle of the road without lights and two men
sitting on its roof.
''There was a girl running down the side of the road crying
and screaming and these guys were chasing her,'' she said.
''She hid behind a building and they didn't see her.''
The woman said she pulled over and asked what the men were
doing. They allegedly replied they were ''trying to find
''It was so freaky; so dodgy.''
After the men drove past, the victim asked the young woman if
she needed help.
The victim said the woman, who had a cut bottom lip and said
her name was Mary, got into the back seat of her car, sitting
directly behind her, and they drove towards the Queenstown
''As we were driving down the road, she started going
gibberish. She was obviously off it on something, but she
didn't smell of alcohol.
''We went towards BP and I felt a hand go around my throat
''She knocked my glasses off and pushed her fingers into my
eyes, trying to gouge them. I couldn't believe it.
''I stopped the car in the middle of Frankton Rd and she
started smashing windows with her hands. I screamed into BP,
blasted my horn and got her out of the car.''
The woman ran off and the victim called police, who were
unable to locate her attacker.
The woman said she was physically unharmed, but was shaken
and her grandson was extremely upset by the incident.
''He was crying because he was obviously frightened ... he
said: `Nana, you need to go back and make sure she's safe'.''
The victim returned to the area and spotted the woman again,
but police were again unable to locate her.
The victim described her as slight, with long blonde hair and
aged in her early 20s.
She was wearing a cardigan and mini-skirt and had a pale
Police Southern Communications inspector John Dougherty
confirmed police were called to the incident twice but no
further information was available.
BP Frankton staff last night declined to comment.