A Queensland woman has recounted “screaming bloody murder at the top of my lungs” when confronted by home invaders armed with an axe and a knife — which was thrown at her, leaving her with a nasty leg gash.
Kristy Collins said she noticed “a black T-shirt out the corner of my eye” at her Townsville home on the morning of Sunday, November 12.
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Collins, who was with her 18-month-old baby, said it startled her because her husband wasn’t home, “and that’s when I saw it was someone with a face covering”.
“I started yelling, ‘Who are you? Get out!’,” she told Sunrise on Monday.
“I started to chase him out the internal door into the garage … as I have chased him out there to the back of the car, he then turned around and raised an axe.
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“As I chased him around the back of my car, there was a girl in a getaway car and she (got out and) threw what I think was a knife and got me in the leg.”
With adrenaline pumping, Collins ignored the cut as she continued to chase the man — who “had a set of keys in his hand and he wanted my car” — around the garage.
It was the wrong set of keys for the car, Colins said.
Townsville woman Kristy Collins and her family. Credit: SuppliedCollins suffered a leg wound that was treated in hospital. Credit: Sunrise
“By this time I was screaming bloody murder at the top of my lungs, as loud as I could, because my daughter was inside,” she said.
“I just wanted him to leave.
“It took him a while to figure out he wasn’t getting into my car … but he kept going around trying to get into the car.”
A passing driver saw the confrontation in the open garage and repeatedly honked her horn.
The two intruders then jumped into their car and drove off.
Collins, who had been living at the home for just two weeks, went to hospital for treatment for her leg wound.
She concedes leaving the garage door open may have encouraged the “crime of opportunity” but said people should be able to feel safe in their homes “on a Sunday at 10.50am … broad daylight”.
Police are appealing to the public for information after both suspects fled the scene.
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