A woman who was karate kicked in the stomach by another woman at the weekend said she was aghast at police who witnessed the attack but failed to arrest the woman.
Olivia Creaney had a nightmare Easter Saturday night after a foreign national in a local bar unzipped her dress right to her bottom.
We were walking down the street and this foreign national woman ran at me out of nowhere and karate kicked me in the stomachOlivia Creaney
Immediately the 24-year-old told a police officer outside the bar but no one was arrested and she was asked to go to the police station in the morning.
Later Olivia and her friend were walking home along Woodhouse Street at around 1.10am on Sunday morning when she was attacked.
“We were walking down the street and this foreign national woman ran at me out of nowhere and karate kicked me in the stomach. She was a small fat woman with dark hair and I think she was Portuguese. I collapsed to the ground. I just fell, crippled in pain. The police watched the attack and came up to me and told me they had seen what happened. I asked them why they weren’t arresting the woman,” said Olivia.
“I said to them, you seen her kicking me for no reason and you did nothing,” said Olivia adding that after the attack the gang of women walked back up Thomas Street laughing at her and sticking their fingers up. Olivia, who is the mother of a nine-month-old baby, said she was taken to hospital and diagnosed with severe abdominal bruising and has suffered episodes of bleeding.
Olivia said she had been humiliated and upset earlier that evening in the bar and the police appeared not to want to help her. Subsequently when she was subjected to a vicious attack on the main street in front of the PSNI, they again appeared not to want to help her, she said.
Olivia said she went to the police station on Sunday. She said she was shocked when a police officer said someone pulling her zip down in the middle of a bar was ‘not really a crime’. She insisted that she felt it was indecent assault and that she was humiliated by this man.
“I couldn’t believe the attitude of the police. I am nervous enough going up the town but that has made it worse.”
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police received a report in the early hours of Sunday, April 5, of an incident that occurred in licenced premises in the Thomas Street area of Portadown that evening. It was reported that a 24-year-old woman had a zip on her dress pulled down. The woman came to the police station later on Sunday in relation to this incident but declined to make a statement or complaint in regard to it. Police are aware of an assault that occurred in the Woodhouse Street area in the early hours of Sunday, April 5. The details of all parties involved were taken at the time and investigations are ongoing.”