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Police call for witnesses after alleged red beach assault

PLAY TIME: Samantha Nilsen and her dog Theo. Photo Contributed
PLAY TIME: Samantha Nilsen and her dog Theo. Photo Contributed Contributed

A WOMAN was allegedly beaten with a golf club in broad daylight at Red Beach.

The alleged assault occurred after the woman and her friends crossed paths with another dog walker who was reported to have been carrying the 'broken' golf club along the beach.

Bribie Island Police are appealing for public assistance following the alleged assault at Red Beach on Wednesday, October 7.

Police state that the incident occurred between 12.30pm and 1pm and is believed to involve three women and an older man.

Social worker Amy Byrne said she was struck across the legs, hand, arm, and head with the metal rod.

"We had a day off so we were like let's take Theo - (my friend) Sam's dog - to Bribie. We'll go up there and have a nice day because I had a job interview that afternoon so I didn't want to sit around at home stressing about it.

"We got to the beach and we were playing around and off in the distance there was this man walking with two dogs. Theo saw the dogs and ran up to them as it's a dog beach.

"The owner had a golf club but with the bottom that you hit the ball with broken off, so he belted Sam's dog with that," the 28-year-old woman said.

"All Sam said was 'Hey mate, could you not hit my dog' - that's literally all she said - and then he grabbed her by the throat."

Theo's owner Samantha Nilsen said that Amy allegedly then attempted to break up the tussle by getting between herself and the stranger.

"My friend got in between us straight away and he hit her about maybe six times with the club.

"He hit her in the head once and split behind her ear and managed to get her hand and elbow while she was blocking her face," the Chermside woman said.

The ambulance and police were called to the scene but the man reportedly fled before authorities arrived.

Samantha said that she is unlikely to return with her dog after the incident.

Amy said that the random attack was a sour end for what was supposed to be a nice day at the beach.

"As females we thought we were okay going with buddies. If girls are going to the beach on their own take a guy with you. I firmly believe if we had a strong male with us he never would have done what he did."

Any witnesses can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or Bribie Island Police Station on 34109222.

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