SYDNEY: An Indian mother was fatally stabbed in a Sydney park during a brutal attack as she was on the phone to her distraught husband back home, police said Monday.
Prabha Arun Kumar, a 41-year-old IT professional, was taking a shortcut through Parramatta Park in the city’s west at around 9.30pm (1030 GMT) on Saturday when she was killed.
Family members told Indian media that the woman was speaking with her husband, G. Arun Kumar, at the time and he heard her scream for help.
“She was walking while talking to Arun on the phone when she said that a suspicious-looking man was following her,” brother-in-law Thrijesh Jayachandra told Indian newspaper The Hindu.
“The next moment he heard her scream for help and then plead with the man not to harm (her) and take all her belongings if he wanted. Seconds later, he heard her scream and say she was stabbed.”
The husband jetted into Australia Monday and was helping police with their investigation.
“He’s understandably extremely distressed,” homicide squad commander Michael Willing said.
“Here we have an Indian national who has been in the country for some time, going about her business and ends up being killed in a very vicious way.”
Police appealed for help from the public, releasing footage of Kumar walking from Parramatta Railway Station.