Bashed with a brick
TWEED mum Kahlia Edwards was repeatedly bashed in the face with a brick as she tried desperately to fend off an intruder on Tuesday night.
Confronted by the masked man, who had made his way through the rear door of her home, Ms Edwards immediately feared for the lives of her two young sons.
The 22-year-old had just put two-year-old Christian and six-month-old William to bed when she saw the masked man inside her Beryl Street home about 7.30pm.
She tried to prevent him from coming further into the house by closing a door on him, but he reached around and began to hit her with a brick he had collected from her back garden.
It was only when the prowler's mobile phone rang that he dropped the brick and took off.
Nursing bruises and swelling to the left side of her face yesterday, Ms Edwards said the experience had left her on edge.
“I was petrified,” said the brave young mum.
“I was more worried for my kids and trying to protect them.
“It was all very quiet because I didn't want to scream and wake them up. I knew if Christian woke up he'd come out and I didn't want him to see.”
Ms Edwards said the intruder was tall and was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, with a ski mask covering his face.
She said he acted calmly throughout the attack.
“I came back from putting my sons to bed and I saw him coming up the back steps," Ms Edwards said.
“I closed the door on him and he hit me a few times (with the brick).
“He was very calm, telling me to move out of the way as he was hitting me. He was stuck halfway through the door.
"Then his phone rang and he dropped the brick and pulled himself out of the door and left.”
Ms Edwards said the intruder then just walked from the house.
She in turn ran and locked herself in her bedroom, where she called the police.
“It was all over in about five minutes,” she said of her terrifying ordeal.
It was just six weeks ago that Ms Edwards moved from Tugun and into the Tweed Heads home with her boys.
She said she didn't know why anyone would want to break into her home or attack her.
“I don't go anywhere or do anything,” she said. “I only know about three people.”
Ms Edwards' grandmother Elaine Beveridge said her granddaughter was left traumatised and had spent the night vomiting.
She attended The Tweed Hospital yesterday morning and had a CT scan.
“Nothing is broken,” Ms Edwards said. “It's a concussion and some swelling and bruising. It could've been a lot worse.”
Anyone with information or who might have seen the offender in the Beryl Street area should contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.