Woman bashed, dragged beside car, run over: allegations
A COAST woman was left with horrific injuries after surviving an ordeal in which she was allegedly dragged by her hair alongside a moving vehicle.
Sunshine Coast Vulnerable Persons Unit officer-in-charge David Bradley said it was the worst case of domestic violence he had seen this year.
It was part of an increase in serious cases police have been called to in the past fortnight.
Police will allege the 28-year-old woman had been in a relationship with the man for less than a month.
They say the brutal incident started in Beerwah and ended in Birtinya about midnight on Wednesday last week.
Police allege the man became angry with the woman while driving in Beerwah.
The man allegedly punched her repeatedly before driving her to a cemetery and threatening to kill her.
Police say the impact knocked out some of her teeth.
Assaults, including punches and biting, allegedly continued against the woman as she was driven to Caloundra and then Birtinya.
Police say she begged the man to let her out of the car before trying to escape by jumping out while the vehicle was moving slowly in a suburban area.
But the man allegedly caught a hold of her hair, continuing to drive until crashing the car.
Police allege that caused a large chunk of the woman's hair to be pulled out before she went under the vehicle.
They said he then drove backwards and forwards over her arm, causing multiple bone breaks.
She escaped and was hospitalised for injuries including a broken eye socket, broken arm and broken thumb.
Senior Sergeant Bradley said photos of the woman's injuries were among the worst he had ever had the displeasure of viewing.
The man has subsequently been charged with offences including grievous bodily harm and deprivation of liberty.
"We have seen a peak in extraordinary acts of domestic violence," Snr Sgt Bradley said.
He said there had been a period of about eight weeks during winter where no cases of extreme violence had been reported.
But the grievous bodily harm incident as well as three separate strangulation cases in the past fortnight have changed that.
"We just went through a really strong period of domestic violence being modest and now it is climbing dramatically," he said.
Snr Sgt Bradley said basic advice like drinking sensibly, walking away from arguments and showing each other mutual respect could help reduce incidents.
He urged victims of violence or those who suspected it was happening to report it to authorities.
For support call DV Connect on 1800 811 811, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732.
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