POLICE will allege a woman's good looks may have been what sparked a violent, random assault outside a Noosa nightclub.
Officer in Charge of Sunshine Coast CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards spoke yesterday after police announced they had laid charges against a 27-year-old Caboolture woman, following the assault of a 22-year-old Alexandra Headland woman outside a Hastings St nightclub on October 5 last year.
The woman was allegedly punched in the face, in what Det Snr Sgt Edwards described as a "completely unprovoked assault", as she stood alone, talking on the phone. She needed five stitches.
"There was an assault reported to us as a result of an incident at Noosa on October 5 where a female victim was punched to the head and received a serious gash to her face and obviously fell on to concrete," Det Snr Sgt Edwards said.
The Coast detective said the victim was recovering, but the attack would most likely have long-lasting effects.
"She is (on the mend). She received a severe cut to her eye from the punch to the head, but for her, when she goes out in the future it obviously creates a feeling of not being as safe as she was before and second-guessing people ... what they're going to do when they walk towards her or anything like that," he said.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards said police would allege the unprovoked assault may have been sparked by jealousy over the victim's good looks from the attacker, and said police had seen an increase in the frequency of females committing serious, violent offences, as they too seemed to become more aggressive while drinking alcohol.
"We are seeing it quite common to have female offenders committing serious assaults," he said.
It is the latest in a string of assaults on the Coast, with two men assaulted last weekend, while on December 14, two men were assaulted at the bus stop just behind the police station, with three men charged over that.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards feared the message was simply not getting through.
"A couple of these assaults are pure luck that they weren't more serious," he said.
The 27-year-old woman charged by detectives yesterday will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on February 10.
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