A woman says she was racially abused in Echuca on Friday night.TRENT HORNEMAN February 14, 2013 4:33am
An Echuca woman racially attacked in the town’s Aquatic Reserve on Friday night said she no longer feels safe in the town she has called home for the past five years.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said she was enjoying dinner with her partner on Friday night when an unknown woman racially abused her and attacked the couple.
The alleged attacker was walking along the footpath at the top of the reserve when the attack happened about 7pm.
The alleged attacker was carrying an open can of alcohol, walking with two teenage girls wearing the uniform of an Echuca school.
She allegedly ran at the couple, throwing punches before chasing them to their car, where she then kicked and punched the car, causing about $1500 damage.
The woman said she and her partner were dumbstruck when the incident occurred.
‘‘We heard her screaming at us. She told me to go back to where I came from and other abusive comments,’’ she said.
‘‘We were hoping to ignore her so that she would just keep walking but she came running down the hill yelling and screaming at us.
‘‘We ran toward the car and I jumped in the passenger side and held the door shut to try to stop her getting in the car. As we ran toward the car I heard the woman say ‘you better run, I will kill you’.’’
The woman, who moved to Australia from the Philippines eight years ago, said it was the first time she had been racially abused.
‘‘I close my eyes and I can still see the woman’s face. It is something I will remember forever,’’ she said.
‘‘I have been in Australia for eight years and in Echuca for five. It is a place I have called my home and felt safe, but not anymore.’’
Her partner said he could not believe something like this could happen in Echuca.
‘‘If it was midnight you could understand it, but this was 7pm on a Friday night in a place that is popular with families,’’ he said.
‘‘There was a look in her eyes. It was just pure hatred.’’
The man said he wanted the female attacker to face justice.
‘‘This sort of stuff you could expect to see on the streets of Redfern or Footscray, not Echuca. I just want this woman to face justice because it is just not on,’’ he said.
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