Geraldton woman’s fears over violent attack outside Rigters IGA

Geraldton Guardian
Geraldton resident Kym Bowden witnessed an unprovoked attack on her partner and his brother on January 9.
Camera IconGeraldton resident Kym Bowden witnessed an unprovoked attack on her partner and his brother on January 9. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

A Geraldton woman has told of her fears for the welfare of her partner and his brother after they were the victims of an unprovoked attack outside a supermarket.

Kym Bowden, a Rigters IGA employee, said her partner of five years, Luke Knowles and his brother Jessie were attacked in front of the store on the evening of January 9 when they came to walk Kym home from work.

In the police report, Luke stated two men and a woman were walking past them while they were waiting in front of the store, when one of the men accused Luke of looking at his girlfriend.

According to the report, the man, believed to be in his early 20s, punched Jessie in the face.

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Kym said she exited the store and walked right into a fight in full force.

“All I thought was, one punch kills,” she said. “Afterwards my mum picked us up and took us to Geraldton Hospital where we called the police, who met us there.

“Luke suffered a split eyebrow and Jessie had bruises all over his body, a shoe mark on his forehead, a black eye, grazes up and down his legs and they ripped his shirt.

“We were also worried Luke’s nose might be broken so we have to go back to the doctor and have that checked.”

Kym, her partner and Jessie no longer walk the streets alone after dark.

They are now waiting to identify a picture of the assailants.

Kym said she was positive she would be able to identify the men and for what they did, and she hoped they would receive jail time.

Police are still investigating..

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