A great-grandmother has admitted she’s too scared to return to her own home after allegedly being so badly bashed by some of her neighbours, she was left with black bruising across her entire back.
Ineke Weller, 64, was left in intensive care for four days having suffered broken hands, several broken ribs, a broken ankle, bleeding in her lungs, a shattered spleen, and heavy bruising.
Speaking on Channel 9’s A Current Affair, she claimed it all began over a small dispute with a neighbour.
She told the show she had asked her brother-in-law to prune the branches of a large overhanging tree in the garage, as they were blocking her solar panels – and insisted her neighbour had initially agreed to it.
However, they were allegedly very unhappy with the result and demanded a replacement tree.
“I looked it up, it was $35,000 worth, and I didn’t have money,” she claimed, adding that it was one of many financial requests they made of her.
However, she claimed things took a dark turn one Saturday night when two men – who she alleged were her neighbours – broke into her home and began beating her up with a baseball bat.
“I remember being on the floor and him hitting me and I remember saying to him, ‘What have I done? Why are you doing this? What have I done to you?'” Ineke said.
Incredibly, she said she managed to escape and drive to a friend’s home before going to hospital, adding on the show: “I thought they might follow me, I was scared stiff that he’d get in the car and made sure I just kept going.”
Removing her gown on camera, Ineke saw her injuries for the first time on the show before turning to reveal heavy bruising across her entire back.
“No wonder I was in so much pain… I probably could’ve died… he must’ve hit me with some force,” she said.
Neighbour disputes can often be solved over a cup of tea, sometimes they escalate, but rarely like this. A 64-year-old woman in hospital bruised and broken with head to toe. #ACA pic.twitter.com/gphOEacABA
— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) August 7, 2019
According to Nine, the neighbours have been charged with a series of offences including assault with a weapon and intentionally causing injury. They’re in custody and due to face court in November.
However, Ineke admitted she’s been left too scared to return to her home – and due to the rural area, it’s unlikely she’ll be able to sell.
“I’m just so scared, I couldn’t never go back … I don’t even know if I’m gonna be able to live on my own,” she told the show.
“I’m destitute at the moment… My life’s virtually been squashed, he’s stood on my life and put it out like a cigarette butt.”