A 16-year-old girl will undergo emergency plastic surgery to fix a huge facial wound after she was allegedly stabbed at a shopping centre.
Police were called to Kawana Shoppingworld in Buddina, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, at 4pm on Monday following reports a teenager had been wounded.
The girl was allegedly stabbed by Jai Clarke after she attempted to intervene in a fight between the 18-year-old and her 17-year-old boyfriend, who were known to each other.
She was allegedly slashed in the face with a box cutter and suffered a 10cm-long, 1cm-deep, laceration from her chin to ear.
The girl suffered a 10cm-long, 1cm- deep, laceration from her chin to ear (pictured)
Clarke allegedly fled on foot, while the teenage girl was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for treatment, but has since been charged.
The 17-year-old boy was not injured during the incident.
Police arrested Clarke at a home on Blaxland Street in Woodridge on Wednesday.
He was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm (GBH), acts intended to cause GBH, wounding and possession of a knife in a public place.
Clarke was denied bail at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The teenager cried as his case was heard, 7News reported.
Jai Clarke (pictured) has been charged after a teenage girl was stabbed in the face during a row
Police were called to Kawana Shoppingworld in Buddina (pictured), on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, at about 4pm on Monday
Detective Sergeant Chris Eaton previously told reporters the teenage girl suffered ‘a gruesome injury’.
‘The injury, we believe, is 10-11cm in length and 1cm or so in depth,’ he said after the alleged attack.
‘She will be required to undergo surgery and most likely plastic surgery to have that wound attended to.’
Police believe the altercation started online before it escalated.
‘What we believe was that there was an argument that occurred over social media and that argument has spilled over into a physical altercation,’ police said.
The girl (pictured, left) was allegedly stabbed by Jai Clarke and suffered a 10cm-long laceration from her chin to ear (right)