Craig and Wendy Wray, of Brisbane, with their children Declan, 3, and Tyler, 6, pictured holding one of the paw paws found at the scene.
Craig and Wendy Wray, of Brisbane, with their children Declan, 3, and Tyler, 6, pictured holding one of the paw paws found at the scene. Northern Star

Family's anger after paw paw hurled at car

CRAIG WRAY was driving into Lismore on the Bangalow Road with his wife and two young sons on Thursday night when they heard a bang.

"Something had been thrown at us," Craig said. "When I pulled over, it looked like egg was splattered on the car."

It wasn't egg, but a heavy, unripe paw paw which had been thrown from Brunswick Street. It didn't cause any serious damage, but it did scare Craig and his family.

Earlier that day, Brunswick Street residents Bob and Sue Payne noticed the paw paw tree in front of their house didn't look quite right.

"Someone had broken a branch off the tree," Bob said. "We noticed the fruit was stacked neatly in a pile. The fruit would've been hard enough to break a windscreen."

A fully-grown paw paw is enough to break a windscreen and perhaps cause an accident

They thought nothing more of it until Craig knocked on their door that night and Bob saw 'half a dozen or so' of the busted fruit spread on the road.

The men saw three local children wandering around, but they scattered when approached. Craig found one of them hiding in a truck in front of Bob's house.

The child claimed he was merely playing hide and seek with his mates.

Police were called and patrolled the area, but no one else was found.

Bob was surprised no further action was taken.

"We saw on the news earlier that police were clamping down on this kind of behaviour," he said.

New legislation provides for tougher penalties for anyone throwing objects at moving vehicles.

The matter came to a head late last year after a series of rock-throwing incidents caused serious injury to several people, including a 22-year-old woman who now has permanent brain damage.

Under the new laws, anyone found guilty of the offence could be jailed for up to five years.



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