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A PERTH mum of two says she feared for her life after being attacked as she cycled home.
Jemma described the moment she was deliberately knocked off her bike and kicked in the face as she lay on the ground.
Speaking to reporters, Jemma said she was cycling past a group of teenagers on her way home from a friend’s house in Kingsley when she was attacked.
One of the teen boys “clotheslined” her, jerking out his arm out to stop her, and then kicked her in the face once she fell on the ground.
Jemma suffered a laceration near her eye as well as extensive bruising and swelling on her back and left arm.
Her injuries resulted in nerve damage from her mid skull to eyebrow area, which doctors advised might take up to six months to recover.
Jemma said she feared for her life during the brutal attack.
“I wouldn’t walk home at night anymore,” she said.
“It scared my children.
“I sheltered them from it because they’re young and I don’t want them to feel like there’s such evil in the world, so I told them another story.”
The assault happened near the intersection of Twickenham Dr and Edgeware Pl in Kingsley at about 1.50am on Saturday, October 26.
Jemma said she chose to cycle along Twickenham Dr that night, believing it would be well-lit and safer than her usual shortcut through a park.
“I was so close to home,” she said.
“It was completely out of the blue.”
Police said the offender, described as being aged 15 to 17 years, was about 162cm tall with a medium build.
Detective First Class Constable Sam Busby said the boy who assaulted Jemma was part of a group which involved up to six people, male and female, believed to be between 15 to 20 years old.
“We don’t quite know where they came from, however we’ve been able to track their movements from Hailwood Ct and walked towards the retirement village at the corner Twickenham Dr and Edgeware Pl,” he said.
WA police urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.