Daughter of slain grandmother slams premier over comments

Daughter of slain grandmother slams premier over comments

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The grieving daughter of Vyleen White, who was fatally stabbed in a shopping centre car park on Saturday, has slammed the Queensland premier over his remarks claiming her mother’s death could not have been prevented. 

White, 70, was allegedly stabbed to death near her car in an underground car park at Town Square Redbank Plains shopping centre in Ipswich.

Her Hyundai Getz was allegedly taken and dumped 20 minutes away.

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Vyleen White, 70, was attacked near her car in an underground car park at Town Square Redbank Plains shopping centre in Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder. 

The accused is a refugee from Sudan, who arrived in Australia with his family 16 years ago when he was a baby.

Three other teenagers have also faced court in relation to the alleged murder, all charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

White’s daughter Cindy Micallef and her family have joined the African community to call for action in the fight against youth violence.

But Micallef fears Premier Steven Miles is not standing with them after he told reporters “nobody can seriously stand up and say they could have prevented this murder”.

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Miles was unaware at the time that the accused had been out on bail at the time of the alleged murder. 

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“You know what, I was really glad he said it because I’m like, ‘You’re not the man for the job if you can’t reassure people in the community this is the utmost priority’,” Micallef said.

“We all need to feel safe.”

Micallef called for support for the African community that has been targeted after her mother’s death.

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“You don’t judge the whole community by a couple of bad apples,” she said.

McConnel MP Grace Grace said the government would work with police to address crime issues.

“Of course any crime is concerning, any tragedy is concerning, and we will do all we can to address it,” Grace said.

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