I WAS BASHED BY A GIRL

By PETER CATON

FORTY-seven-year-old Murwillumbah district mum Kim Drum remains shocked she was bashed by a female party gatecrasher at the weekend.

A joint 21st birthday party for her son James and three other local men turned into a violent nightmare, with Ms Drum suffering two black eyes and her nose broken in two places.

She says she was attacked by a woman aged in her early 20s after a gang of young people invaded the party on a property at Byrrill Creek south- west of Murwillumbah.

Murwillumbah police confirmed yesterday they had taken a statement from Ms Drum and are investigating.

"I just want to warn people this is happening," Mrs Drum said. "If someone turns up uninvited on your property get them to go straight away. Don't let them stay around. They will just start a fight."

In a technique resembling that used by gangs involved in violence in Murwillumbah and on the Tweed Coast recently, Ms Drum said men in the group appeared to use the young "angry" woman to initiate trouble.

"Boys are using girls to start a fight so they can start a punch-up," she said.

Ms Drum, who lives at Stokers Siding, said she attended the 21st party because she likes to "dance and socialise".

The attack happened about 2am Saturday.

"Parents were up-stairs and the party was downstairs," she said. "This Uki crew turned up uninvited. I walked into the circle to make sure it was just going pleasantly.

"A woman hit me. She was wildly throwing hits at me. It took three boys to hold her off me.

"My son is so upset. He said you don't hit elders.

"I was in shock for 24 hours. My nose is broken in two places: I can only see out of one eye and I've had to have a CAT scan."

Ms Drum said no drugs were involved at the party and she believed the woman who attacked her was simply "mixed up and angry".



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