Casino residents Catherine Garson (left), 20, and Amy King, 17, who were bashed on Saturday evening.
Casino residents Catherine Garson (left), 20, and Amy King, 17, who were bashed on Saturday evening. Jaclyn Wagner

Young women attacked on Casino street

A ROUTINE walk home for two young women early last Saturday evening proved Casino's streets were no place for complacency.

Now local police have committed themselves to beefing up an enforcement presence not only in Casino, but also in Bonalbo and Tabulam.

Catherine Garson, 20, and her friend Amy King, 17, had just returned from a trip to Brisbane and parked their car at Lemo's shop, at the corner of Centre Street and the Bruxner Highway.

A flat battery failed to start the vehicle and the pair continued the one-kilometre journey home along the Summerland Way.

It was 6.30pm and the pair were confronted by five young Aborigines, four of them females under the age of 16.

It was clear the teenagers wanted to pick a fight with the two older women.

They were taunted, insults were hurled, and stones – many of them the size of golf balls – thrown at them.

“We asked them, 'Why are you throwing rocks?' And they looked at us like we were stupid,” Ms Garson recalled.

As they walked past the Casino Golf Club the older women asked the younger girls if they wanted to pass them by.

Words were spoken and Ms King was attacked by one of the younger girls.

Ms Garson was also attacked and then went to the defence of her friend who was being kicked in the head.

At the height of the fight in West Street in front of the golf club, five cars drove around the fighting women in the middle of the road. None stopped to help.

During the fight Ms King's wallet was stolen and one of the attackers' mobile phones was lost. It was found later with images of the attackers in the memory chip.

Now the two young women are too scared to go out in Casino at night, and the presence of Aboriginal youths makes them frightened.

According to Local Area Command crime manager Det Insp Steve Clarke, the four juvenile girls were arrested and charged and will appear in Casino Children's Court on October 8.

As a response to increased street crime more police are being sent to Casino, Bonalbo and Tabulam.



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