Janelle McWhirter hides her face, for fear of reprisal, behind the sign that she hopes will shame someone into contacting polic
Janelle McWhirter hides her face, for fear of reprisal, behind the sign that she hopes will shame someone into contacting polic

Mum?s fiery message to lowlife car torcher

By LEE McDOUGALL

JANELLE McWhirter is hoping that someone, somewhere knows who torched her daughter's car.

Ms McWhirter moved to her Sawtell Road home from Yeppoon, Queensland, just nine weeks ago, and unfortunately she received a more-than-warm welcome.

Being new to the area, and not knowing anyone other than her immediate neighbours, Ms McWhirter was astounded to discover her daughter's 1989 Hyundai Excel alight in her front yard.

"It was 4am, I heard a horn, and woke up to find the car on fire," Ms McWhirter said.

Quick-thinking action by her next-door neighbour ensured that the house didn't follow suit and burst into flames.

"The police and fire brigade were called," Ms McWhirter said.

"My next-door neighbour had his hose on the trees because it looked like it was going to jump onto the house."

Recovering from her initial shock, Ms McWhirter soon became angry over the $8000 her daughter was now out of pocket.

The car was uninsured, with neither Ms McWhirter or her daughter in a financial position to insure the car ? or now replace it.

"I was wild. I wrote this sign and had it up on bamboo sticks for all to see," she said.

The sign, which succinctly expresses Ms McWhirter's anger, states: "To the piece of shit that did this, may your life be nothing but regret. Shame, shame and so say all of us".

"The neighbours are all in shock. No-one can believe that anyone could do this in someone's driveway," Ms McWhirter said.

Police are continuing their inquiries. If anyone has any information about the incident, they are asked to contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6652 0299.



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