Horror as female teacher is ‘stabbed in the FACE’ in a random attack after she opened the door to a stranger who allegedly slashed her with a knife
- The 25-year-old was at home an indigenous community when she heard a knock
- The alleged attacker asked for a glass of water and lashed out when she returned
- She suffered a slash to the face and a number of wounds to her arms and legs
A young female teacher has allegedly been slashed in the face and stabbed in a frenzied attack after she opened the door to a stranger.
The 25-year-old was at home in Lockhart River, a remote indigenous community in Far North Queensland, at 9.30pm on Tuesday when the alleged attacker knocked the door of her teacher’s duplex.
According to police, the alleged armed stranger asked for a glass of water and repeatedly punched and stabbed her when she returned to the veranda.
The 25-year-old was at home in Lockhart River (pictured), a remote indigenous community in Far North Queensland
She suffered a slash to the face, along with a number of stab wounds to her abdomen, arms and legs, police say.
The alleged attacker also turned on the teacher’s 49-year-old neighbour when she tried to intervene.
The victims were flown to Cairns Hospital on an emergency flights and arrived at 2.45am on Wednesday in a stable condition, The Courier Mail reported.
The alleged offender fled the scene on foot after the incident, but on Wednesday the 26-year-old Lockhart River man with grievous bodily harm and common assault.
Police said the offender was not known to the woman.
He was denied bail and will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court.
The victims were flown to Cairns Hospital on an emergency flights (stock image of Cairns Hospital pictured)
Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher said the incident was the result of alcohol being brought in to the dry community.
‘There are too many people in our community with too much time on their hands while the rest of us are working hard to build a future for our families and our children,’ he said.
‘The teacher concerned had a role to play in that, as most of us do, and those who are bringing in this sly grog are as much to answer for this as the perpetrator.
He also wished the teacher a ‘speedy recovery’ and told the ABC the incident would effect the town’s ability to attract new teachers.
‘She won’t come back now, no-one would,’ he said.
Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher said the incident would impact the town’s ability to attract more teachers (stock image of Lockhart State School in Queensland)
‘It’s saddened us as leaders because we know the importance of these teachers, it’s all about educating our children who are our future.’
The penalty for sneaking alcohol into a dry community, known as ‘sly grogging’ is $75,000 or 18 months in jail.
Cr Butcher said the activity increased when the government boosted JobSeeker payments and allowed people to access their superannuation.
‘People are taking advantage of this extra money that’s available in communities and just prey on the most vulnerable with their weak spot, which is alcohol.’
There will be a community meeting to reiterate that it is illegal to bring alcohol into the town.