“I thought what I’ll try and do is I’ll walk it off because I was so damn angry,” she said.
“I reached Mercy College … then as I’m walking along there’s this white van … heading in the opposite direction towards Cottesloe.
“The van came up and the window was open on the driver’s side and this person looked at me and I looked as you do at 2.30am in the morning and I thought, ‘Oh goodness I don’t need this’.
“He drove x amount up the road and he turned around and came back and came up along side me.
“He stopped, he looked across at me and said, ‘Are you alright?’ and I said, ‘No as a matter of fact, I’m not’.
“He offered me a lift and I said, ‘I need to get into Perth’, and he said, ‘Alright I’ll take you into Perth’.
“I introduced myself, at the time I can’t remember his name … but I looked at him and thought, ‘Mmm, nice’.”
She said while in the car she noticed a picture and a log book.
“I said, ‘What do you do?’ and he said he worked for Telstra / Telecom and that they were changing at the time,” she said.
“When he said who he worked for I straight away said, because I’m so proud of my brother … that my brother left the navy after 20 years and went to work for Telstra … so I started that conversation.
“I said, ‘Well what are you doing driving around at 2.30 in the morning?’, and he said, ‘I was heading to Cottesloe, I just pick up damsels in distress like yourself’.”
The woman said the driver would have struggled to get “a word in edgeways” as she was ranting about her fight with her boyfriend.
“He was ever so polite,” she said.
“As we got closer to where the car is, I am very intuitive and I pick up on things …”
Ms Barbagallo has stopped her from answering that sentence.
“I picked up vibes…” She’s interrupted again.
She said they didn’t ultimately get to her car.
“I asked him to drop me five houses back from my vehicle because I didn’t want him near my car,” she said.
“I walked [out] and the next minute he’s behind me.
“He grabbed my arm and reached out to me and was trying to kiss me and I said, ‘Whoa, whoa don’t you go there I’ll drop you’.
“I’d already told him I was a blue belt in taekwondo … and I think he sort of thought, ‘Oh, I’ll back off’.
“I just said, ‘No don’t even go there’, and he backed off .. then he put his arms up and said, ‘It’s ok, it’s ok’ and I said thank you and then he turned back and went back to his vehicle.
“At this stage I thought, ‘Oh he’s some piece of work’.
“I started slowly walking because I wanted to get the number plate.
“I heard the van start and turn around and that was when I was able to turn around and look at the number plate and I didn’t get it all, I didn’t have a pen, I only had lipstick.
“I only got a couple of numbers but by the time I got back in my car and looked around for something to write with, the whole lot was gone.”
She said the man had dark brown hair and was around 25 to 27 years old.
“He was 25 to 27 year old … natural looking, he’s not ugly … he wasn’t fat or skinny, just normal, not out of the ordinary, no beard … slightly tanned [skin],” she said.
“I feel like [he was wearing] tanned trousers but I couldn’t be sure.
“I arrived home about 4.30 in the morning after all that.”
Ms Jones is now being shown photos of the areas of road she walked along that night.