A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl sat inside an empty new business as a stranger lifted her “light-as-a-feather” mother off the ground just metres away and then punched her repeatedly in her pretty face.
“Can I help you?” were the only words the 40kg Twin Waters woman had asked the 180cm man digging through the garbage bin of her cousin's new business on Aerodrome Road on Tuesday morning.
In seconds the man, who “reeked of alcohol”, crossed the 20 metres between them and cornered her against the rear outside wall.
Twenty-four hours after the savage attack which left his cousin bruised and considerably more shaken, Erin Williams is a haunted man.
“Any other day and there is always one of us six guys here,” the 40-year-old tradesman said.
“My business partner and I had gone to Brisbane to meet with some potential business investors who had flown in from Adelaide.”
Police are still on the hunt for the offender.
Sunshine Coast detectives have released a description and a comfit of a man they would like to question in relation to the attack.
The name and exact location of the Maroochydore business has not been made public out of concern for the safety of the Twins Waters woman.
Mr Williams said his cousin called him immediately after the attack at 10.30am.
He then called police.
“She called me screaming,” Mr Williams said.
“She is as light as a feather, she's a size six and wouldn't weigh more than 40 kilograms,” Mr Williams said.
“Her three-year-old daughter was inside.”
Photographs of the injured woman provided to the Daily by Mr Williams show the petite 26-year-old with deep purple bruising around her right eye.
But Mr Williams said his cousin's memories far outweighed the physical scars.
“Her three-year-old daughter was inside, for goodness sake,” he said sadly.
“There are six blokes around here who would all love to meet him.”
Mr Williams hopes that people who read this story will be prompted to come forward with any information they may have about the offender.
Police want to speak to a man aged in his 30s with reddish facial hair and bad teeth.
He is Caucasian and was wearing a black baseball cap, a black spray jacket, black T-shirt, long dark pants and work boots.
Anyone who may recognise this man or who may have seen him in the Aerodrome Road area about 10.30am on Tuesday is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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