Woman critical after ‘horrific’ machete attack
A mother of two suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after she was attacked with a machete by a group of men on Friday night.
The 33-year-old victim was set upon in the yard of a home in the Cedar Hill area of Warwick shortly before 11pm.
She was listed as critical in the Intensive Care Unit of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital at 1pm on Saturday.
Police said the attack was unprovoked and happened as part of a home invasion.
Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, described the injuries as “quite horrific” and said the incident was a “dreadful crime”.
Mr Corbishley said on a video on Facebook on Saturday: “For anyone to suffer such an attack, let alone a female, I have to say, in all my time in policing, I was shocked with what was done to her.”
The commissioner said police would be interviewing other people who were in the house at the time of the incident. He said the victim's children were not present.
He said police are supporting the victim and her family in hospital.
He added: “Her injuries are terrible as I've said. Clearly we need to interview the lady, but we can't do that at the moment.”
Mr Corbishley noted the incident came after a series of violent acts during National Heroes Day weekend.
He said: “It's frustrating, upsetting and I'm sure many of you in the community are getting concerned about some of the things that are taking place.
“While it's easy for me to say that these incidents are in isolation, that's complacency. We need to not just deal with this matter, but prevent such matters.
“There are people, very sadly, a very small number, in our community that choose to see violence as legitimate and their care for other people's lives is extremely questionable.
“I hope this doesn't make people worried or sad, because we're dealing with it.”
The commissioner, who urged witnesses to come forward, added: “It's not for the BPS, it's for the mother of two children.”
Mr Corbishley also gave an update on the investigation into the disappearance of Chavelle Dillon-Burgess, three days after a $50,000 reward was announced for anyone who provides information that helps find her.
He said: “As yet we haven't heard anything, but I remain confident that we'll have a breakthrough soon.”
A police spokesman said the scene at Cedar Hill was processed by officers from the Forensics Unit and an investigation was under way.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Dean Martin on 717-2074, 247-1739, 211, the main police number 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.