Police have charged a man with murdering a social worker who died after stumbling into a cafe in Perth’s southern suburbs with serious neck injuries.
It is alleged the 50-year-old woman, who was reportedly working in the hours leading up to the attack, was stabbed in the neck at a Rockingham unit on Saturday night.
She then sought help at a nearby Dome Cafe on Kent Street.
Cafe staff helped administer first-aid to the woman before she was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital, where she later died.
Police said Homicide Squad detectives today charged a 37-year-old man from Rockingham with one count of murder.
The man was arrested on Saturday night and is set to face Rockingham Magistrates Court later today.
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) released a statement saying all social workers had the right to safety while at work.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragedy,” AASW president Christine Craik said.
“We can’t comment on the specifics of this case at this time, but all social workers have the right to be safe as they go about their jobs.
“It is especially hard to understand this kind of violence towards any worker who is there specifically to help and assist.”
Cafe workers tried to help woman
It is understood four cafe staff members who were working at the time did what they could to help the woman and called an ambulance.
Dome Group managing director Nigel Oakey said the cafe remained closed on Sunday while police continued their investigations.
“Staff at the Dome Cafe in Rockingham rendered assistance to a female who entered the cafe with significant injuries,” Mr Oakey said.
“The injuries were not incurred at the cafe or in the immediate vicinity and the person arrived seeking urgent medical attention.”
Mr Oakey said counselling had been arranged for staff members involved in the “traumatic incident”.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident,” he said.