A woman on a phone, speaking to her husband, was fatally stabbed while in the middle of conversation. The mother of one from Australia was just a short distance from where she was staying, and was speaking on her cell phone to her husband back home in India when she was attacked. She later died at the Westmead hospital.
Writes the AFP on March 9, via Yahoo News: “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.”
According to investigators, Kumar cried out, “I think I’ve been stabbed,” while she was on the phone with her husband. Her harrowing words faded out, and she collapsed. She was found shortly later by passersby in the park.
Adds the Daily Mail: “The IT consultant hopped off at Parramatta train station, walked along Argyle Street and then onto Park Parade before taking the footpath next to the golf course where she was attacked just meters from her Westmead home.” CCTV shows Kumar making her way through the park just moments before she was randomly stabbed.
The working mother has been in Australia for close to three years. She has a 10-year-old daughter back home.
Kumar was found by nearby resident Arvand Amirian, who said she heard “crying screams that didn’t sound normal.”
“There was blood covering her face, her neck, her chest – her chest wasn’t even moving so that’s when I assumed she was gone,” Amirian said.
Parramatta Police Superintendent Wayne Cox said a murder investiugation is underway, but that police have not identified any suspects yet. “Certainly, my heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this point in time. At this point she has taken a lane way connected up to Amos Street in Westmead, and during this journey she has been attacked by a person or unknown persons. There was a large amount of blood so she obviously suffered a significant wound.”
Family members spoke to the AFP regarding what happened. “She was walking while talking to Arun on the phone when she said that a suspicious-looking man was following her,” said Kumar’s brother-in-law Thrijesh Jayachandra. “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 AFP reported that Kumar’s “flatmate said Kumar had probably not wanted to bother anyone to ask for a lift home after finishing work late and arriving at Parramatta train station at 9 p.m.”
“Because she was working late regularly, she felt bad to ask for help,” said a woman identified only as Sarada. “I don’t know how I am going to face her husband. She is very close to her husband and her daughter. She talks to them every day, as soon as she finishes work she calls her husband and keeps talking. She has a good family.”