Teenage Girl Speaks Of Terror After Being Thrown Off Bridge
Kayla Kendrigan, the 19 year old girl who was allegedly tortured before being thrown off the Windsor Bridge has spoken out for the first time since her ordeal.
The teenager, who was born without her left hand, and has 'below average learning ability' has told ACA that as she floated in the freezing cold water, unsure if she was able to keep herself alive.
Kayla has revealed that:
'I was just thinking to myself 'Do I let myself drown?''
'My whole body was frozen because the water felt like I was thrown into ice.'
Ms Kendrigan was allegedly kidnapped before being tortured by four people she thought were her friends.
Matthew Leuthwaite was refused bail after being charged with attempted murder, detain for advantage in company, aggravated robbery and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm
'When they put me in the boot, all I could think of was, 'what are they going to do to me? Why are they doing this to me? What did I ever do to them?,' she told ACA.
'I can't remember some of it because they did stuff to me and I blacked out to the point where I was asking 'where am I? Where am I?'
'Just thinking about my family, if I die, like…I can't explain…I thought I was not going to survive...I was not going to see anyone anymore.'
Kayla's parents, Ian and Teresa, also spoke about the horrific ordeal.
'All you want to do as a parent is take care of your child,' her mum said.
Police allege Ms Kendrigan, was bound to a chair, stabbed in the leg, hit with a baseball bat, had her hair hacked off and even set alight during the savage six-hour ordeal.
Co-accused 22-year-old Brooke Brown has a child with Mr Leuthwaite
Brooke Brown, 19, Matthew Leuthwaite, 22, a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with a host of offences including attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Ms Kendrigan's sister, Imogen Gibson, said both Kayla and her family are 'heartbroken'.
'I never will be able to understand why someone would do this to her. She was always sweet and gentle. She never got into fights or hit anyone,' Ms Gibson told news.com.au.
'It pains my heart so much because my sister was born with one arm, so she has never been able to swim or fight, but she fought through that terrible night like a fighter.'
Brown has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and robbery with wounding.
She was refused bail and will face court on November 23.
Just after 2pm on Wednesday, the 17-year-old girl was also arrested at a police station.
Leuthwaite was arrested and refused bail on charges of attempted murder, detain for advantage in company, aggravated robbery and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
A 16-year-old boy was the fourth person arrested. He was charged with attempted murder, detain in company with intent to get advantage occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated robbery, and wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was refused bail to appear before a children's court on Friday.
The accused face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if found guilty.