An Ohope woman is nursing a sore head and a bite to her left breast after allegedly being mauled by a drunken woman outside a Whakatane liquor store.
The attack happened on Saturday night and yesterday Lulu Smith said she remained sore, bruised and disbelieving how such a thing could have happened – all over a box of alcohol.
She had stopped Super Liquor in Kopeopeo with her friends just before closing time.
There was a disagreement with a woman Smith alleged was drunk about a box of alcohol Smith decided to buy.
As they were preparing to leave in their car, the intoxicated woman ran out, jumped on their car and started booting it, Smith said.
Fearing that the woman might try to pull the driver from the vehicle, Smith said she jumped out and was attacked herself.
‘‘She ran at me and bit me and started ripping out my hair,’’ she said. ‘‘I tried to get her off me but she just bit down harder and put her hand on the back of my head trying to pull me down.’’
‘‘I couldn’t believe it happened – and just over a box.’’ The drunk woman’s friends eventually managed to pull her away and Smith and her friends drove off.
The night continued as planned but Smith ended up leaving the pub dance floor early after the bite wound began bleeding through her dress. She was later taken to Whakatane Hospital for treatment.
She said something needs to be done to make Kopeopeo safer at night, such as installing cameras on the streets.
A woman is expected to appear in court today over the attack.
- Whakatane Beacon