A young Queensland family are terrified of running into man who should be behind bars for bashing their mother in front of them because they took too long to get their order at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
Sunshine Coast woman Leigh Barham drove to Nambour McDonald’s with her mother and two young sons on Australia Day 2011 when Troy Shane Kuskopf, 37, pulled in behind them.
As the family waited for their order in the drive-thru Kuskopf became violent, swearing and spitting and kicking the Barham’s tyre.
“Obviously we were taking too long and he road raged it right up… and just took it way, way too far,” grandmother Darelle Ison told A Current Affair.
When the family left the fast food restaurant Kuskopf followed the family for a kilometre before he got out and bashed Ms Barham in front of her family when they stopped at a red light.
“We drove probably about 150 metres and my eldest son scream out ‘he’s coming!” Ms Barham told A Current Affair.
“(He) pulled me out of the car and started assaulting me,” Ms Barham said.
“(He) punched me a few times in the face, threw me to the ground, and kicked me a few times and just sort of man-handling me around,” she said, telling how Kuskopf punched the car window while her terrified son watched him beat his mother.
The bashing led Ms Barham to get $3000 of dental work and she is no longer capable of performing in her job as a youth worker.
Kuskopf was sentenced to two years jail, eligible for parole in eight months — but he remains free and on the run with Ms Barham and her family terrified.
“You’re just in fear for your life, you’re in fear for your family,” she told A Current Affair.
“And the sad part is he would recognise us too.”
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