GIVING BACK: Specsavers Riverlink retail manager Katherine Rees receives a certificate of appreciation for helping victims of crime from Sergeant Nadine Webster.
GIVING BACK: Specsavers Riverlink retail manager Katherine Rees receives a certificate of appreciation for helping victims of crime from Sergeant Nadine Webster. David Nielsen

Crime victim gets glasses after attack

A YOUNG Ipswich woman who was attacked by five people while walking along the David Trumpy Bridge has been given a much-needed boost.

The 22-year-old victim had just watched a movie at Riverlink on April 2 and was walking towards the CBD with her brother, when they were set upon in an unprovoked assault.

The five male and female offenders took the young woman's reading glasses and threw them into the Bremer River during the attack, which left the victim with fractured ribs and facial injuries.

Ipswich Plain Clothes Constable Lisa Padden said the loss of the woman's reading glasses was a particularly harsh blow.

It prompted the officer to call on a local business to help.

Spec Savers Riverlink answered the call, providing the victim with a new pair of glasses.

The business' dispensing director Kathy Rees said she was shocked to hear of what happened to the woman.

"As soon as Lisa called and told me what happened my heart went out to her," Ms Rees said.

"Hopefully we have helped her recover from what must have been a horrific experience.

"Losing your glasses can be like having your wings clipped - it takes your independence."

Police have chosen to withhold the identity of the victim for privacy reasons.

Investigations into the assault are progressing.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Nadine Webster this week presented Spec Savers with a certificate of appreciation for assisting a victim of crime. Sgt Webster said the victim had shown bravery and strength but the local business' gesture would further aid her recovery.

 



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