A Woolworths worker who was stabbed while stacking shelves at an Ellenbrook store has thanked first responders after the “completely random attack”.
Aveley woman Donna Marie Grocott, 44, was alone in the pet food aisle when she was approached and allegedly stabbed in the back of her hip by Bullsbrook woman Cassandra Hickling.
“I feel very fortunate that my injuries were not worse,” Ms Grocott said in a statement.
“I’d like to thank the people who helped me at the store and the emergency responders and the hospital staff for taking care of me.”
While the 40cm fish filleting knife didn’t hit major organs, pictures of Ms Grocott’s bandages on her back and fingers reveal the size of the punctures.
Since being discharged from Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Ms Grocott has spent time surrounded by family who remain in disbelief over the random attack.
Midland Det-Sgt Tania Mackenzie said the two women didn’t know each other and Ms Grocott had initially thought she had been hit by a trolley before she looked down to find the knife.
“They were not known to each other at all. It’s something I’ve never heard of happening before in my career,” she said.
Ms Hickling faced Midland Magistrates Court on one count of attempted murder on Wednesday. The 35-year-old was remanded to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court later this month.
Police had rushed to the Ellenbrook Central store about 1pm on Tuesday after receiving an emergency call from fellow staff members. Two hours later, detectives arrested Ms Hickling at home.
The court was told Ms Hickling was receiving treatment at Midland Community Mental Health in the lead-up to Tuesday’s attack.
A request was made by Magistrate Mark Millington for a further mental health assessment.
Police allege the accused woman bought the knife from a shop earlier that day, but not from the Woolworths store at the centre of the attack.
It was also revealed the accused is a self-described foot model on subscription platform OnlyFans.
Ms Hickling, whose social media accounts are littered with photos of her feet, appears to sell the images on OnlyFans under the name “Footsiegonerogue”, as well as on a similar service called Alua Messenger.
She has also shared many images of herself posing in shoes, fishnet stockings, wearing toe rings, or holding high heels.
A Woolworths spokesman said the company was “providing every support to the team member and their loved ones at this time” and was assisting the police inquiry.