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Woman forced to flee a Queensland beach after ‘a man began masturbating behind her’

‘It was 3pm, I thought I was safe’: Woman forced to flee a beach after ‘men start performing sex acts’ in the same area where Toyah Cordingley was raped and murdered

  • Woman claims men masturbated behind her after following her at the beach 
  • She was in Kewarra Beach, where another woman was nearly kidnapped recently
  • Samantha Holt is one of many women who say they are now fearful to walk alone 
  • Toyah Cordingley was raped and murdered on a beach just 20km away 

Samantha Holt (pictured) says she was followed along the beach by a man, and two of his friends exposed themselves and masturbated behind her as she walked her dog along the beach on Monday afternoon 

A woman said she feared for her life after a group of men began following her along a beach and exposing themselves. 

Samantha Holt was walking her dog along Kewarra Beach in far north Queensland on Monday, when she realised she was being followed. 

‘As I sat in the sand a man crouched beside me and stared at me in a very intimidating way,’ she said. 

‘I went further up [the beach] and two other men at the bbq area who were with him stood behind me and exposed themselves.’

Adding to Ms Holt’s anxiety was the fact that the beach was the same area where Toyah Cordingley, 24, had been raped and murdered in October last year.

Ms Corginley’s killer has never been found. 

In a later post to social media, Ms Holt said she believes the first man had followed her along the beach from a distance, and that of the two men who exposed themselves, one was masturbating and the other had his phone out. 

Ms Holt said she was reminded of what had happened to Madeleine Weinmann, who was grabbed by a man on the street in the same suburb last week, and to Ms Cordingley, who was brutally raped and murdered on a beach less than 20 kilometres away, so she ran to her mother’s house for safety. 

‘It was 3pm,’ she said. ‘I should be able to just walk my dog… I thought I was safe.’

Ms Holt said when a family member headed to the beach to see if the men were still there, they were with police, and had allegedly been reported for similar acts before.

Ms Holt said she was filled with fear after thinking back to another young woman who was nearly kidnapped in the same suburb just a few weeks ago, and of 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley, who was raped and murdered while walking her dog on a beach less than 20km away

Ms Holt said she was filled with fear after thinking back to another young woman who was nearly kidnapped in the same suburb just a few weeks ago, and of 24-year-old Toyah Cordingley, who was raped and murdered while walking her dog on a beach less than 20km away

The photographer said she is trained in Jiu-Jitsu, but had been so consumed with fear when the incident took place she could only run.

‘It has been a sad realisation that we just have to be more careful,’ she said. ‘I just had no worries at all – especially in the afternoon.’ 

Ms Holt isn’t the only woman in far north Queensland to feel afraid walking around alone. 

After she shared her story, one woman revealed she had stopped going to the gym alone at night entirely, while another said she looks for populated places to walk her dogs.  

Madeleine Weinmann, 28, was also walking through Kewarra Beach when she was approached by a man who she claims had tried to grab her earlier this month. 

On January 23, in the same suburb, a 19-year-old girl was nearly dragged into a vehicle by a man ‘believed to be in his 50s or 60s’.

On October 21, Toyah Cordingley went missing after walking her dogs along Wangetti Beach, about 20 kilometres north of where Ms Holt had been walking her dog.

The 21-year-old’s body was found by her father the next morning. She had been raped and brutally murdered, and her killer has not been found.  

A spokesman for Queensland Police said officers attended only one incident at Kewarra Beach on Monday, and a man was issued with an infringement notice for public nuisance after allegedly urinating near the barbecue area. 

In the same suburb, 28-year-old Madeleine Weinmann says she was grabbed by a man on the street while walking alone

In the same suburb, 28-year-old Madeleine Weinmann says she was grabbed by a man on the street while walking alone

Toyah Cordingley (pictured)  was walking her dog on Wangetti Beach on October 21 when she was raped and brutally murdered. The 21-year-old's body was found the next day by her father

Toyah Cordingley (pictured)  was walking her dog on Wangetti Beach on October 21 when she was raped and brutally murdered. The 21-year-old’s body was found the next day by her father



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