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A woman, believed to be in her 30s, has been transported to hospital suffering facial injuries after she was attacked by a man allegedly wielding an axe
in a shopping centre in Melbourne’s outer east.
The attack occurred shortly after 10am this morning at the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Narre Warren. The alleged attacker reportedly entered the Beauty and Brow Parlour, where the injured woman worked, and inflicted the assault that left the woman so badly injured she was reportedly unable to speak.
Employees of the store called security and police, who quickly arrived on the scene and arrested the alleged attacker. It is believed that the victim and accused are known to each other.
Hasan Zaman, the store’s owner, described the chaotic scene, asserting that it could have been much worse had the attack not occurred in broad daylight.
“She couldn’t talk, she was badly beaten. I don’t know what he was thinking, a normal person cannot do this … you can’t beat people in this country.”
“It was lucky it was in the shopping centre, we could take immediate action and he didn’t run away.”
Victoria Police confirmed they had apprehended a man in relation to the incident, and he was assisting police with their investigation.
They also confirmed that they believe the woman was struck with the axe “multiple times.” She was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries to her upper body.
Police have requested that anyone with information regarding the attack contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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