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Nurse's car-jacking nightmare

Holly Scales shows her bruised eye after she was assaulted and robbed at the University of Queensland Gatton campus.
Holly Scales shows her bruised eye after she was assaulted and robbed at the University of Queensland Gatton campus. David Nielsen

A YOUNG woman has relived the horror of being punched repeatedly in a brazen car-jacking that has left her with nothing.

Holly Scales, 20, was visiting friend Kris Moxham,24, at the University of Queensland's Gatton campus on Friday night when things went horribly wrong.

The pair was enjoying a chat in a well-lit university car park when they were approached by two men who were inquiring about bus services into Gatton.

Within seconds Mr Moxham received a blow to the face, knocking him to the ground.

Before Ms Scales could flee, she was punched in the face, knocking her to the ground, where she was punched several more times.

“I remember being punched in the face twice before I fell to the ground. I tried to fight back but they were too strong,” she said.

The offenders, who are described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, then jumped into Ms Scales' black 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer and took off.

“I got up just as they got in my car and hid behind a power pole. I had no idea what they were going to do. They could have hit us with the car,” she said.

Ms Scales and Mr Moxham alerted security before being taken to Gatton Hospital for treatment.

“Other than bruised and battered I'm all right. I have a swollen collar bone, cheek, chin, nose, abrasions to my back and neck and bruising on my eyes,” Ms Scales, a part-time assistant nurse, said.

Mr Moxham also suffered bruising to his face.

Ms Scales had her wallet containing $350, iphone 4, clothes, jewellery, shoes and sentimental items in her car at the time.

“I just can't believe something like this would happen,” she said.

One of the offenders is believed to be about 180cm tall with a thin build and the second man about 170cm tall with a solid build.

Anyone who may have seen them or a Mitsubishi Lancer with Queensland rego 014 MXN should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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