‘They punched me to the ground’: Woman, 25, is left scared to go outside after gang of teenage girls bash her in a random attack on the train while onlookers did nothing to help
- Gabriela Ferreira had finished work and was catching the train home on Sunday
- When she got on the train she saw the five teenager girls but ignored them
- They beat her and took her phone as other passengers watched on
A young woman says she is too afraid to leave her home after she was attacked by five teenage girls on a train as other commuters watched but did nothing.
Gabriela Ferreira, 25, had finished work in Morningside, Auckland, and was catching the train home to Papakura on Sunday when the attack happened.
She saw the girls when she got on the train but ignored them when one pretended to throw a bottle of deodorant at her.
Gabriela Ferreira had finished work in Morningside, Auckland, and was catching the train home to Papakura
When the train stopped in Takanini one of the girls stood in front of the door while the others attacked her.
‘They punched me in the face and I tried to get up but they pushed me to the ground and kicked me in the torso,’ she told Stuff.
Ms Ferreira’s face, eye and mouth were injured in the attack and her girls got away with her phone – a iPhone XS worth $1,600.
Ms Ferreira claims other commuters saw what was happening and did nothing.
She tried to chase them but wasn’t successful and now she is too scared to leave her home.
‘I’m really scared to go back on public transport,’ she said.
’It’s not about getting a phone stolen, but it’s the physical aggression and mental health that gets very shaken after.’
Police inquiries are ongoing.
Ms Ferreira says she was punched to the floor and kicked in the torso in the brutal attack (Pictured: Papakura train station)