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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