Grandmother’s stabbing prompts calls for more patrols

Keira Jenkins |

Local residents say police should be onsite at a shopping centre where a woman was fatally stabbed.
Local residents say police should be onsite at a shopping centre where a woman was fatally stabbed.

Almost a week after the stabbing death of a grandmother, there are increasing calls to step up security and stamp out racial abuse.

Brisbane woman, 70-year-old Vyleen White, was fatally stabbed at Ipswich’s Redbank Plains shopping centre in front of her six-year-old granddaughter on Saturday.

Five boys, aged 15 and 16, have been criminally charged. One 16-year-old is charged with murder.

Ms White was stabbed as the group stole her Hyundai Getz, police allege. 

Redbank Plains community members, led by independent candidate in the upcoming Ipswich City Council election, Josh Addison, have called for a greater police presence in the area.

Josh Addison speaks to media
Aspiring Ipswich councillor Josh Addison wants more police in his community. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

Mr Addison said a permanent police beat was needed at Redbank Plains.

“We want to make sure our law enforcement is resourced and funded so they can protect us and people in our community can do what they’re meant to do, which is live in our community peacefully,” he told reporters on Friday. 

Queensland African Communities Council president Beny Bol says there’s been a rise in hostility toward the Australian-African community since the incident. 

Ms White’s daughter Cindy Micallef joined Mr Bol on Thursday, calling for racial abuse to stop.

“Mum’s legacy will live on in peace,” Ms Micallef said.

“She was never one to be prejudiced, she always looked for the best in people.” 

Three people at the memorial at the shopping centre.
Queensland government community recovery staff at the memorial for Ms White. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

Mr Addison said Ms White’s stabbing should not be made about race as he continued calls for a greater police presence. 

“We need to focus our efforts on calling on the government to actually step up … pull their finger out and get to work,” he said.

“At the end of the day our community matters.”

Flowers form a floral tribute to grandmother at shopping centre
Community members are seen at the memorial site to murder victim Vyleen White. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

Opposition leader David Crisafulli said there was an overwhelming sense of sadness, anger and disbelief from victims of youth crime and again pitched legislative reforms ahead of the 2024 state election.

“Queensland is in the grip of a youth crime crisis and leadership is needed,” Mr Crisafulli told reporters on Friday.

“Queenslanders need to know that right now we have compassion for those who are victims of crime, and we have a vision to make sure that there are less victims in the future.”

Flowers and tributes have been growing at the scene of the shopping centre stabbing. 

AAP