Granny bashed with her own walking stick

By BELINDA SCOTT

SEVENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD grandmother Jenny Allen is recovering at home after being bashed with her walking stick during a brawl in a quiet West Coffs Harbour suburban neighbourhood late on Tuesday night.

Rudely-awoken, scantily clad neighbours said they emerged from their houses to find themselves punched, kicked and scratched, reportedly by aggressive visitors attending a party at another house in the street.

Mrs Allen said she went out into her Basswood Court driveway to support her 51-year-old son, John Allen, who had gone outside about 11.30pm to ask a ??loudmouth?? younger woman to stop screaming obscenities down the street.

"I??ve never heard such filthy language," Mrs Allen said.

Mr Allen said he was pushed over by the woman and then hit in the eye by another woman.

Out of hospital less than a week after a prolonged convalescence, she said she armed herself with her late partner??s carved driftwood walking stick and went outside, but one of the women snatched the stick, and hit her on the arm, breaking off the handle.

Mr Allen said a 36-year-old neighbour, who came out to help, had her hair pulled out in the melee as several men joined in the attack.

Two off-duty policemen who live in the area called for backup and came to the Allens' rescue and were hailed as heroes by the Allens.

"They were fantastic," Mrs Allen said. "I don??t know what we would do without our police officers. This is the quietest street ?V I??ve lived here for four years and never seen or heard anything like this before."

Police allege two policemen were assaulted during the brawl, with an off-duty detective who intervened hit in the head with a can of alcohol and knocked to the ground, where he was repeatedly punched and kicked.

Two Coffs Harbour women, aged 28 and 42, and two Coffs Harbour men, aged 23 and 34, were arrested and put into custody at Coffs Harbour Police Station following the alleged assaults.

Yesterday a 42-year-old woman was charged with three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, possessing a prohibited drug and remaining on land intending to commit an indictable offence.

A 28-year-old woman was charged with affray, assaulting police, resisting and hindering police and inciting someone to assault police.

A 34-year-old man was charged with affray, assault police and resisting and hindering police and a 23-year-old man was charged with affray, assaulting police and malicious damage.

Another 23-year-old man has been charged with two counts of intimidating police and resisting or hindering police in executing their ??duties.

Four were refused bail and one released on bail in Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday and all will reappear in Coffs Harbour local court on June 18.



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