Late night Launceston attack victim says violence is never OK


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A woman who was hospitalised as a result of a late-night attack in the Launceston CBD on the weekend says people should just be able to enjoy a night out without facing the threat of violence. Ebony Page, 21, was walking south along George Street from the Commercial Hotel to Lonnies Niteclub after 2am Sunday when she was attacked by two people following a verbal altercation, with CCTV from a nearby business showing a woman rush at her. She lost consciousness as a result. “I woke up with people all around me and I thought he was still on me. I actually thought I was dying, just waking up and going back out,” Ms Page said. “The next thing I remember I’m in the ambulance, talking to the ambos.” IN OTHER NEWS: She was taken to the Launceston General Hospital and suffered concussion, bruising to her face and arms, cuts on her arms and hands, and temporary amnesia. Ms Page was released from hospital about 8am on Sunday. Her sister Danica posted about the incident on a public Facebook page, which helped the family find more witnesses to the attack and assist police with their inquiries. At least one of the people involved was known to Ms Page, who admitted that the footage made it look like they were “mouthing off” at each other from across George Street, near the intersection with Brisbane Street. “But you can’t let it get to the point where you send someone to hospital in an ambulance,” she said. “It’ll stop me from going out for a fair while, especially knowing there’s people who think that’s an OK thing to do. “It shouldn’t turn people away from having fun, but definitely make sure you have a good support system when you’re out.” Her phone was taken and thrown away during the attack. Ms Page has taken time off from her work at Country Club Casino as a result of her injuries, and said she’s still not feeling the best. The family had been encouraged by the support of the community since the attack. “Posting on Facebook like that is how we’ve been able to get a lot more witnesses. That’s helped a lot more,” Ms Page said. “And the support has been amazing.” Tasmania Police confirmed it is investigating the matter in which Ms Page was “reportedly struck to the head” around 2.20am on Sunday morning. “Police are following a specific line of enquiry and believe that the victim was known to the offender,” the statement reads. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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