‘Covid-denier’ couple who allegedy attacked picnicking families by putting a mum into a chokehold before ripping off their masks and setting a DOG on on a Good Samaritan are tracked down and charged
- Two women and their daughters were allegedly attacked in a Melbourne park
- They were allegedly approached by suspected Covid deniers while picnicking
- One woman was allegedly placed in a chokehold while a dog was set on them
- A woman, 35, and man, 44, have been charged over the alleged Box Hill incident
Two suspected Covid-deniers have been charged for allegedly attacking families picnicking in a Melbourne park by ripping off their face masks, coughing on them, and setting a dog on the terrified mums.
Two women, aged 43 and 51, were allegedly assaulted during a picnic with their two 12-year-old daughters at Slater Reserve in Blackburn North on Thursday.
A woman, 35, and man, 44, both from Box Hill North, have each been charged with one count of affray over the alleged attack.
The woman was charged with two counts of unlawful assault and the man with two counts of wilfully urging a dog to attack.
They have both been bailed to appear at Ringwood Magistrates Court on March 25 next year.
A woman and a man have been charged after allegedly attacking two mothers and their children at Slater Reserve in Blackburn North (pictured) on Thursday
Mother Jacquelyn (pictured) was picnicking with a friend and their daughters when they were allegedly attacked
Mother Jacquelyn, one of the alleged victims, became emotional speaking to reporters about the alleged incident.
‘They were verbally abusing us, they also pushed me and kicked me,’ she said on Friday.
‘They were trying to rip our masks off and telling us we’re afraid of a cold, and trying to cough on us.
‘I was trying to help [my friend] and he was trying to set his dog on me every time I tried to help her.’
The 35-year-old woman allegedly put Jacquelyn into a headlock and dragged her to the ground, while the 44-year-old man is accused of setting a dog on the women and two good Samaritans who rushed to their aid.
‘Two males who came to their aid were also injured after being bitten on the hand by a dog,’ Victoria Police said in a statement.
The two girls were not injured during the incident.
The dog involved in the incident was taken by the local council ranger, Victoria Police said.
Alex Kimberley (pictured) was one of the men who was allegedly bitten by the dog while trying to intervene