A man has been charged with murder following a stabbing
attack witnessed by horrified onlookers in a crowded Sydney
Police yesterday charged the 35-year-old after arresting him
in Parramatta mall near the body of his alleged 40-year-old
victim who was found with a knife lodged in his chest.
The accused man has been refused bail and will appear at
Parramatta Local Court today.
Dozens of shoppers, families, and children on school holidays
were shocked to witness what police say was a targeted
The drama unfolded about 10.30am after a Parramatta man
apparently approached another man outside Myer on level four
of the mall and an argument broke out.
A witness who did not want to be named said he saw the
confrontation from level five.
He told AAP the attacker taunted police officers at the scene
while repeatedly stabbing his victim with a large knife.
"He kept plunging the knife in his chest, in and out, and
paced up and down the shopping centre screaming at police,"
he said, adding that the man was stabbed three to four times.
"He taunted the police, saying `what are you scared of?'"
The man eventually left the knife in the man's chest before
police moved in to arrest him.
The witness said the knife looked to be about 30cm long and
the ordeal lasted about 20 minutes.
"Everyone was very scared and begging for somebody to stop
the attack," he said.
"There was blood everywhere."
Emergency services arrived to find the body of a man inside
the shopping centre with multiple stab wounds to the chest.
Following the stabbing, the alleged attacker took off his
shirt, lit a cigarette and started talking on his mobile
He was taken to Parramatta police station.
Acting superintendent Jennifer Scholz said police were
investigating whether the fight was over a former girlfriend
of the attacker.
She said the attack was targeted, a "one-off and not
bikie-related", and the two men were "connected".
Act Supt Scholz said police drew their Tasers but didn't
"There's no need for anybody to be concerned in regards to
their safety," she told reporters.
She praised the quick response of the mall's security staff,
who closed off the area.
Shops near the stabbing incident were in lockdown.
A woman who saw the attack was treated by emergency staff for
Westfield is providing counselling services for employees,
retailers and customers.