12yo girl charged over stabbing
A 12-year-old girl has been charged with allegedly slashing two people with a knife in a stabbing rampage inside a busy Cairns shopping centre on Sunday afternoon.
The girl was standing outside the shopping centre on McLeod Street when she allegedly became aggressive with a group of girls known to her.
She is then said to have pulled out a knife and chased the group, who fled into a nearby City Beach store.
The girl followed them and allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old girl in the arm.
A 47-year-old woman who attempted to stop the assault was also allegedly slashed across the arm.
The girl fled but was arrested by police a short time later.
It's alleged she spat in the face of a police officer at the watch-house.
The Manunda girl has been charged with wounding and serious assault of a police officer by spitting among other charges.
She has also been charged over two alleged shoplifting incidents prior to the assault.
The injuries to the 16-year-old girl and 47-year-old woman were not considered life-threatening.
Ms Patalano said she was standing metres away when the female attacked with a "steak knife". "She wasn't hiding the knife at all," she said.
"Everyone was overwhelmed with the shock of it all. (The alleged attacker) was saying, 'I'll have a go at you all, get out of my way'. There was a whole lot of noise that I could not understand."
She added, "It's quite overwhelming, it happened so quickly. You don't think you'll be at City Beach and get stabbed."