OILY MESS: Ballina resident Helen Gillick and brother Glen Gillick believe they are victims of a violent and malicious attack after about 50 L of oil was poured in and around the front of Ms Gillick's house.
OILY MESS: Ballina resident Helen Gillick and brother Glen Gillick believe they are victims of a violent and malicious attack after about 50 L of oil was poured in and around the front of Ms Gillick's house. Francis Witsenhuysen

Ballina home covered in oil in vicious vandalism attack

A VIOLENT and personal attack has left a Ballina homeowner scared for her life.

About 2.15am on Sunday, 59-year-old Helen Gillick said her brother Glen, 52, opened their front door and almost slipped in "pools" of oil at the front door.

The Gillicks soon discovered someone had deliberately poured an estimated 40 to 50 litres of sump oil over the front of the house, including the roof, walls, patio, furniture, 40 pot plants, front garden and down the driveway.

"I'm disgusted, scared for my well-being and sick to my stomach," Ms Gillick said.

"It's almost like they were going to set it on fire but then choose not to.

"This happened between 10pm Saturday night and 2.15am Sunday."

Since the incident, the Gillicks have spent countless hours cleaning up the mess.

Ms Gillick said she feared another attack.

"It was a violent malicious threat to me and my brother," she said.

Ms Gillick said it appeared the offenders had removed of all the evidence of the vandalism, but the next day they found oily footprints near the water meter.

The police were contacted early Sunday morning and attended the scene shortly after.

But with very minimal information on the incident and no way of proving who did it, there is not much that can be done at this stage.

 

Ms Gillick said a home and contents insurance claim was in process.

She pleaded for anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers.

"The person who orchestrated the vandalism and got the people to do it need to held accountable and punished," she said.

Ballina Police Acting Inspector Tom Kirk said, at this stage there was no suspects.

"We have made inquiries around that area and with neighbours ... if anyone has any information please come forward," Insp Kirk said.



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