Mother tells of abduction terror

A MOTHER of two says her escape from two would-be kidnappers was her fighting back after a whole year of “crap”.

The 39-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted abduction at Nambour on Monday night.

She told police that she was grabbed first by the wrist and then by the front of her shirt, which was torn as one of the two men tried to pull her into a car about 8pm.

The men were in a white utility.

The Gympie Hospital employee, who did not want to be identified, said both men shouted expletives during the incident on Isabella Road, near the Nambour Heights shopping centre.

She said she remembers little except the sound of her own heart in the worst moments of a terrifying ordeal.

“I don’t remember much, it was all so quick,” she said.

“But I remember thinking that my own brain was thudding so loudly and my heart was too.

“It’s only after it happened that I keep thinking about ‘oh my God, what could have happened?’”

The woman said she had been attending a family event at a private address when she left to look for a missing friend.

She said she walked up to the shopping centre and turned around and headed home.

“I wasn’t nervous at all. I had seen a white Holden ute there – a newer style – when I had walked past the first time,” the woman said. “When I passed it on the way back, they opened the car door and grabbed hold of my hand.”

The woman faltered occasionally as memories of her experience overwhelmed her.

“Just as I was able to pull my wrist free he grabbed me by my shirt and pulled me towards the car,” she said.

“I hit my head on the side of the car and my shirt was torn as I tried to get away.”

The mother of teenage boys said she noticed several empty rum cans on the floor on the passenger side.

The man who grabbed her was wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. He was in his 40s and had a goatee.

The woman said the driver of the vehicle was shouting obscenities and “encouraging” his passenger to get her inside the car.

“When I got free I started screaming and they drove away,” she said.

She urged women not to be too trusting and to be more aware of their surroundings.

Gympie Times


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