HAPPY BIRTHDAY? Tess Guthrie (front), of Goonellabah, with her brother Shannon and friend Brioney Tansley, had her 18th birthda
HAPPY BIRTHDAY? Tess Guthrie (front), of Goonellabah, with her brother Shannon and friend Brioney Tansley, had her 18th birthda

Party girl bashed by gatecrashers

By Jamie Brown

WHEN it comes to hosting a responsible party, Tess Guthrie knows the dos and don’ts.

But that didn’t stop up to 30 gatecrashers destroying her weekend 18th birthday party, leaving blood splattered on her walls, a smashed car window, and cuts and bruises.

“Gatecrashers are a real issue around here,” the Goonellabah woman said. “It is important for teens to realise this happens a lot. It is not a good thing.”

Tess believes she did all the right things; telling neighbours and even the police she would be hosting her 18th birthday party with a core group of friends. But somebody else told the wrong crowd.

With some mates helping her to celebrate, things were going swimmingly. About midnight Tess and a few friends piled into the car of their designated driver and headed to the Standard Hotel in Lismore ‘to do the club thing’ as Tess came of age.

Tess’s brother Shannon and his mates stayed behind.

Just 10 minutes after they left a group of five drunk and aggressive young men barged through the door and started causing trouble.

“I got a phone call half-an-hour later telling me to get home right away, that things were out of control,” recalled the teenager.

When she got home the fracas was in full swing.

“They were blueing in the house, there was blood on the walls,” she said. “They stole all the alcohol in the house.”

Staying calm, Tess fronted her gatecrashers and gently encouraged them to move on.

“I said, ‘Look, this is my house. Settle down. You’ve got to leave’,” she recalled.

Next thing a bottle sailed through the windscreen of her designated driver’s car and the agro level ramped up.

“We got angry and they got up us. They were in our faces,” Tess said. At this point just a trio of women were trying to eject the gatecrashers. And while the young men were threatening them with their fists, Tess remained calm.

“I thought to myself, ‘We’re going to get hit here’, but I wasn’t afraid. I went to school with some of them.”

Then, out of nowhere, a young woman grabbed Tess’s hair and pulled her to the ground, kicking her in the back and cutting her lip. At that point Tess’s brother and his mates came out of the house and it was on.

Fortunately, the police were quick to respond. After some of the gatecrashers were taken away in handcuffs, and after Tess and her mates finished reporting the saga to authorities, they got to go home and sleep it off.

“Wow. What an 18th,” Tess said.



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