EXCLUSIVE: Shocking reason two women allegedly poured ‘scalding hot coffee’ to a 7-Eleven customer who died in hospital a week later as new ‘fight’ details emerge
- A 52-year-old woman died in a horrific attack on Melbourne’s 7-Eleven chain stores last week.
- She died a week after she was allegedly poured with coffee and attacked.
- Two women in their 50s were later charged with recklessly causing serious injuries.
- Police said an autopsy would determine the exact cause of the woman’s death.
- The women, aged 51, were released on bail by police on the night of the attack.
- All three had mental health issues and knew each other.
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Two women accused of assaulting a service station customer who died after being allegedly doused with hot coffee and assaulted were subjected to racist violence by their victim.
Andrea Madigan and Sarah Franklin, 51, from Caulfield, remained charged with reckless behavior causing serious injury after their alleged victim, 52, died Tuesday.
Daily Mail Australia reported that the victim was raped minutes before she was allegedly doused with hot coffee at a 7-Eleven service station in Caulfield, southeast Melbourne on February 8.
A woman allegedly poured with coffee and attacked at a 7-Eleven gas station in Caulfield (pictured) has died in hospital.
“She was racist,” a source told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
Store owners on Hawthorne Road, where the 7-Eleven store is located, claimed that all three women knew each other well.
The source described the alleged “assault” against Madigan and Franklin as more like a “fight”.
“She must have died of a heart attack. She could not die from this (attack). She was fine. I wouldn’t think so,” the source said.
All three women, believed to be struggling with mental illness, have been described as “largely built”.
Daily Mail Australia reported on Wednesday that both alleged perpetrators had no criminal record.
That night, Victoria Police detectives charged them and released them on bail from the guard house, despite the victim’s condition being listed as critical.
Those who claimed to know both defendants described them as “kind and polite”.
‘They are cute. They are polite. We see them all the time. They behave, they have good manners,” said one woman.
Others expressed dismay at suggestions that the alleged fight might have been caused by racial slurs.
Medical examiners spotted at a service station after a woman was allegedly assaulted
Woman who later died in hospital was poured over coffee (image)
Caulfield is known for its large Jewish community, representing about half of Melbourne’s Jewish population.
“I don’t think this (alleged offense) had any connection to race or culture,” a local shopkeeper said.
On Thursday, two days after their alleged victim died, the couple remain at large in the community as forensic scientists work to find out if the dead woman had any underlying medical conditions that may have contributed to her death.
Sources told Daily Mail Australia that prosecutors are still reviewing the charges pending test results.
The maximum penalty for negligently causing serious injury in Victoria is 15 years.
Witnesses told police that the woman poured coffee on the victim and attacked her before fleeing the scene on Hawthorne Road.
The Victoria Police have not yet provided any further information about their investigation into the tragic incident.
The women are due to appear before the Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court on May 19, charged with reckless injuries.
Anyone with information is strongly advised to call Crime Stoppers 1300 333 000.
The two women have since been charged with the alleged assault (pictured by police at the scene).