ATTACK: Sisters Rachel-Leigh and Danielle Rix were attacked in Coffs Harbour in the early hours of Sunday morning.
ATTACK: Sisters Rachel-Leigh and Danielle Rix were attacked in Coffs Harbour in the early hours of Sunday morning. Trevor Veale

Sisters speak out against crime

A NIGHT out on the town ended in hospital for two sisters who were viciously attacked in Coffs Harbour.

Toormina sisters Rachel-Leigh, 25, and Danielle Rix, 20, joined companions at a city centre hotel on Saturday evening during a going away party for a friend.

Rachel-Leigh was approached by a man, who is known to her, who arrived several hours later and who she said began to hassle her.

After repeatedly trying to avoid the man, she and her sister decided to leave the venue.

The sisters organised a lift home with a friend and left the hotel through the exit facing Cox Ln.

"We didn't see him follow us out," Rachel-Leigh said.

"He approached us - he kept hassling me.

"I kept telling him to leave - I didn't want anything to do with him.

"Then he just lost it."

Rachel-Leigh said the man punched her in the mouth, knocking her unconscious after she fell against a parked car.

Danielle described how she came to her sister's defence, before the man then flung her against a wall - breaking both of her wrists.

Security guards called emergency services and the sisters were later admitted to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

Danielle underwent surgery for her fracture yesterday and Rachel-Leigh is recovering from injuries.

"Something needs to be done to stop this from happening," Rachel-Leigh said.

"You feel suffocated - like there's no escape.

"For any woman in a violent relationship, you have to get out as fast as you can."

Danielle, a young mum, said justice needed to prevail for these kinds of actions.

"Coffs is a small place... but what do you have to do to get away from someone?" she said.

"It's disgusting - a good behaviour bond isn't enough."

A man was charged by Coffs Harbour police in relation to the incident on Sunday.



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