Woman granted bail over shopping centre knife-attack

A woman accused of attacking a female department store worker with a knife at a busy shopping centre on the Gold Coast has been granted bail.

Helen Liu appeared in Southport Magistrates Court via video link this afternoon, charged with wounding and possession of a knife in a public place.

The 41-year-old is accused of slashing a Myer employee on the hand with a knife at Robina Town Centre yesterday, after allegedly becoming frustrated at being made to wait.

“It will be alleged the woman approached the store’s women’s-wear counter where she removed an implement similar to a box-cutter from her handbag and cut a 32-year-old female employee’s hand,” police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The worker was taken to nearby Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

The court today heard Ms Liu was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years ago and relapsed during yesterday’s attack.

She was granted bail and will appear in court again next month.

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WATCH: Police hunting axe, crowbar wielding duo over Gold Coast supermarket break-ins

Police are hunting two men, including one with a “pronounced limp”, following two supermarket break-ins on the Gold Coast over the past few days.

Two people, armed with an axe and a crowbar, smashed their way into a Woolworths store on Manchester Road in Carrara just before 4.00am on Tuesday.

The pair attempted to smash open the cigarette cabinet behind the front counter, but when they failed to do so, fled on foot in a northbound direction.

Around 1.45am this morning, two people again forced their way into a Woolworths on Foxwell Road in Coomera by smashing the front glass doors with a crowbar and sledgehammer.

This time they managed to gain entry to the cigarette cabinet, stealing a “quantity” of tobacco products before taking off in a waiting motorvehicle.

Police have told myGC that they believe the two break-ins are linked and are appealing for anyone who recognises the men in the footage to come forward.

Judging by the CCTV, one of the men involved appears to walk with a pronounced limp.

Anyone with information is being urged to call police.

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Kelly Wilkinson

Second man to front court charged with murder of Kelly Wilkinson

A man will front court today as the second person charged with the murder of Gold Coast mum Kelly Wilkinson.

Ms Wilkinson was allegedly set alight by her estranged husband at her Arundel home back in April.

Brian Earl Johnson is before the courts at the moment, after also suffering serious burns himself in the horrifying incident.

While a 25-year-old has now also been charged with murder, over allegedly knowing about the plans.

Police alleged he also helped Mr Johnson get petrol and then drove him to Ms Wilkinson’s home.

He’ll front Southport Court this morning.

Qld LNP to hold ‘health crisis’ town hall on the Gold Coast

The Queensland Opposition will be holding a town hall meeting on the northern Gold Coast today.

Leader David Crisafulli will hear local’s thoughts on the state’s ‘health crisis’ as he makes his way around the country.

He’s already heard horror stories from hundreds of others following town halls in Cairns, Rockhampton, Caloundra, Redcliffe and Brisbane.

That includes issues around ambulance ramping, waitlists and surgery cancellations.

The Gold Coast’s Town Hall will be held at the Pimpama Tavern from 10.30 am.

LNP Leader David Crisafulli is encouraging Gold Coasters to come along.

“By shining a light on some of these stories, we’ve had wins for individuals,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“What we want to do now is shine a light on the system, so we improve it for every Queenslander.”

Katie Hopkins has Aussie visa cancelled after flouting quarantine rules

British commentator Katie Hopkins has had her Australian visa cancelled and she will be deported, after putting staff at risk while undergoing hotel quarantine.

The far-right figure was initially granted a visa to come and be a part of Big Brother, as part of a request from the NSW state government.

Hopkins then published a video to her social media, which has since been taken down, calling Australia’s lockdowns as ‘the greatest hoax in human history’.

She also detailed her plans to breach quarantine rules.

After learning of her behaviour over the weekend, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews immediately ordered a review of her visa terms.

While Seven tore up her contract after bringing the network into disrepute.

“Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP,” a statement from the network read over the weekend.

“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has this morning confirmed that Katie Hopkins will be leaving Australia imminently.

“I think her behaviour is absolutely appalling,” Minister Andrews told The Today Show. 

“She should have been absolutely ashamed of her own behaviour I don’t know whether she will be.

“Quite frankly I hadn’t even heard of her before I found out what she had been up to and I actually don’t want to ever hear about her again.

“She just needs to leave the country quickly.

I am very happy that she is going to be leaving this country as soon as possible. Would I have preferred the incident didn’t happen at all? Absolutely. 

“She put many other people at risk because of her behaviours. So that is unacceptable. So I am very happy she is leaving,” Minister Andrews said.