Redbank Plains stabbing: Unspeakable act reveals the true horror of gran’s alleged murder at the shops – as Vyleen White’s blind husband who she cared for breaks his silence
The family of a great-grandmother who was fatally stabbed during a carjacking are struggling to understand why she was attacked – because she handed over her keys to the alleged knifeman.
Vyleen White (70) was allegedly murdered on Saturday at 18:10 in front of her six-year-old granddaughter in the car park at Redbank Plains Town Square, in the south-west of Brisbane.
She was buying snacks for a Bible study session later that evening.
Police released CCTV of four teenagers dumping Ms White’s blue Hyundai Getz in a street in nearby Springfield Lakes about 20 minutes after the alleged stabbing.
Five teenage boys have been arrested so far – three 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds.
One was charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and was denied bail on Monday. The other four are assisting the police with enquiries.
Ms White’s husband Victor, who is blind and relies heavily on her for support, broke his silence to USA Online Post Australia on Monday afternoon.
He revealed that his wife often jokingly said: ‘If I go, no one will miss me’.
Vyleen White is pictured celebrating her 70th birthday in June at her family home
In the photo: Vyleen White’s husband Victor with their daughter, Cindy, on Monday afternoon
“If only she knew what was going on,” he said, referring to the outpouring of love and support his family has received in the wake of his wife’s tragic death.
One of their three daughters, Julie Ryan, struggled to understand how anyone could hurt her mother, especially since she cooperated when confronted by the alleged attacker.
“She was a small, frail woman,” Ms Ryan said.
‘She handed over the keys. They didn’t take her bag, purse, anything, so why did they have to (allegedly) kill her?’
Ms Ryan’s young daughter was with Ms White at the time of the alleged attack.
Resident Sarah Stanley wrote in an online petition asking for more security at the mall that the little girl begged bystanders to save her grandmother.
“I was in that parking lot and I had my grandchild with me,” Ms. Stanley wrote. ‘This attack was disgusting, that poor little girl screaming “my grandma” didn’t fully understand what had just happened.
‘This is disgusting and cowardice. This community has had enough and it’s time we fight back. My deepest condolences to all the family and friends of this beautiful lady. We will not let it be in vain.’
In a cruel twist of fate, she said her mother only recently returned to the road after arthritis in her shoulders left her unable to drive.
Her trip to the shops on Saturday was the fourth time she had been behind the wheel in weeks.
Ms White’s grandson Joseph said: ‘She would have asked her (alleged) attacker: ‘What do you need? Can I pray for you?’
Her family remembered her as a loving mother who would go above and beyond to make people feel special.
Vyleen White’s family is devastated by the tragedy on Saturday. Her husband Victor is pictured, second left, with his daughter Cindy and three of her grandchildren
Vyleen White is pictured with her husband Victor. They met while working in a broom factory in the 1970s
Ms Ryan said she was blown away when, for her most recent birthday, her mother gave her a milkshake glass with Hawaiian motifs to match the Hawaiian-themed party thrown for her.
“It just meant so much that she went as far to find that thing because it was such a milestone birthday,” Ms Ryan said.
“And that’s who she was — she would just do things to go the extra mile.”
Husband Victor said they met while working together at a broom factory in the 1970s.
They married and raised three daughters, Cindy, Danice and Julie.
The couple would celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in September.
Ms Ryan, her partner and their six-year-old daughter lived with her parents while they tried to save for their own home.
During that time, Ms White and her six-year-old granddaughter developed a special bond – eating breakfast together, having playdates, visiting neighbors and spending time drawing.
Ms Ryan said one of the hardest parts of the tragedy was her daughter losing her ‘best friend’.
Police released CCTV of four young men with Ms White’s Hyundai Getz (pictured)
Devastated locals paid tribute to Ms White at the shopping center on Monday
“And now she’s going to miss it all,” she said.
‘And she had to witness everything. How do you help your child get through it?’
While the family welcomed the news of the arrests, they are nervous that Ms White will not get the justice she deserves.
They are calling on the government to act by imposing tougher deterrents and penalties for youth offenders.
‘It doesn’t matter what age you are. If you kill someone, you have to pay the ultimate price,” Mr White said.
The family hopes that Mrs. White will not be remembered for her death, but for the impact she had on those around her.
Her daughter Cindy Micallef said she hopes the community will honor her mother’s legacy by continuing the kindness she spread throughout her life.
“You never know when someone is having a bad day,” she said.
“A kind word can make their day.”
The family began planning for Ms. White’s funeral.