A mechanic who helped apprehend a man who allegedly repeatedly stabbed a woman in a suspected domestic violence-related incident has detailed the moment he saw the 21-year-old run down the street “covered in blood”.
NSW Police charged the man after he allegedly used a paint scraper to stab a 47-year-old woman multiple times in the head and upper body at Randwick in Sydney’s east about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Before police arrived at the scene, the man was apprehended by three locals who “rugby tackled” him to ensure he didn’t flee the scene.
One of the men, Bill G, a mechanic at Randwick Car Care, said he was about to leave work when he saw two men – both nearby tradies – chasing the 21-year-old.
“He was covered in blood, head to toe,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“My first instinct was that this poor bloke is getting bashed.”
While he initially went to intercept the other two men, Bill was then told the 21-year-old had allegedly stabbed a woman. He then went to help the other two men apprehend the 21-year-old, waiting with them until police arrived at the scene.
“When you see stuff like that, you have to help and do something. You don’t just don’t stand around and do nothing,” Bill said.
Overnight on Thursday, the 21-year-old was taken to Maroubra Police Station and charged with wounding a person with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm DV. He was refused bail and will appear before Waverley Local Court on Thursday.
After the alleged stabbing, the woman was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Speaking to the ABC, one witness described how three locals intervened to stop the man from running away.
“I was just walking down here when I saw three lads running down here and tackle a man … next to the bottle shop, and just took him down,” she said.