Adelaide cleaner 'scarred for life' after vicious knife attack
A young woman will have facial scarring for life after a vicious knife attack at an Adelaide shopping centre, her relatives have told 9NEWS.
Rovie was nearing the end of her shift as a cleaner at Parabanks Shopping Centre on Monday night when she was ambushed by a stranger, who slashed her face and back with a knife.
“No one deserves to be like that,” her tearful aunt, Rheza Ardenete, said.
“It wasn’t just one cut – (there were) cuts everywhere, and this is going to be a lifetime scar for the rest of her life.”
The hunt for the attacker is still underway, with police today allocating additional officers to the search.
CCTV of the suspect, pictured in dark clothes and a beanie, has been released, captured him walking casually away from the scene a short time after the attack.
Rovie remains in Royal Adelaide Hospital tonight with her husband by her side after undergoing surgery for her injuries.
The 30-year-old Filipino immigrant has been described by relatives as a selfless philanthropist, who prayed for help as she attempted to fight off her attacker.
“She fought back so hard,” Ms Ardenete said.
“One good thing – and I am so proud of my niece – she said that she asked God so much for shielding her, to protect her.
As well as volunteering at her local church in Salisbury, Rovie also supports those in her homeland, donating 10 percent of her monthly wage to help build churches in the Philippines.
“Life is so unfair. All she did was going to work and there was no other intention than to do the right thing,” her aunt said.
The incident has left workers at the shopping centre – many of whom know the victim well – on edge.
"She's beautiful, she's really friendly, she's nice,” said Tracey Garrard, who works at a fruit and vegetable store near the toilet area where the attack occurred.
“She's harmless – she wouldn't hurt anyone. She doesn't deserve for this to happen to her.
"If it happens to her, it could happen to anyone really. I don't think any of us will be working late by ourselves, that's for sure."
Anyone who recognises the man or has any information that could help police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at sa.crimestoppers.com.au