Mum with pram pushed, spat at in clash over parents' parking spot

A mum claims she was threatened with a black eye, assaulted and spat on by a woman she confronted for using a parenting parking bay when she didn’t appear to have a pram.

Police said a 38-year-old woman complained on October 28 after a woman in her 40s assaulted her in the car park of Smithfield Shopping Centre, north of Cairns.

After confronting the older woman the mum, who was pushing a pram with a child inside at the time, said she was threatened with assault.

Damage from key to red car in Queensland shopping centre car park after confrontation over parenting bay.
The older woman allegedly threatened to damage the mum's car in their confrontation. Source: Victoria Police

“It’s alleged the older woman lifted her sunglasses from her face before threatening to give the woman a black eye,” Queensland Far North police said.

The mum then began walking towards the shopping centre, but claimed the older woman shoved her into a parked car then threatened to assault her further.

The younger of the women said she called out for help and a man came to her aid, then yelled out instructing the older woman to leave the mum alone.

He then waited with her until police arrived. But as the mum took down registration plates, the older woman spat in her face and threatened to damage her car, before leaving in her own vehicle.

Far North Queensland Smithfield Shopping Centre car park where mum claims she was spat on.
Smithfield Shopping Centre car park and parenting bay where a mum claims she was assaulted and had her car damaged. Source: Google Maps
Key damage to red Holden Commodore in a Queensland car park where mum was assaulted and spat on.
The deep scratch was made to the bumper of the woman's Commodore. Source: Victoria Police

After reporting her complaint to police and completing her shopping, the mum returned to her car at about 2pm to find her red Holden Commodore sedan with a new, large, deep scratch on the front bumper.

Police are now appealing for the Good Samaritan to contact police, along with any other members of the public who may have witnessed the assault or wilful damage incident.

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