‘Violent domestic incident’ in Bankstown leads to beheading death
Toufic Zahab, 69, is understood to have been hit with a brick and knifed in an attack that led to his decapitation at the family’s home in Stacey Street, Bankstown, just after 6am today. (The Australian)
“They’re warm people, generous people,”– They are a great family”. Â “Everyone’s devastated and shocked.” (Newscom)
Bankstown is a heavily enriched Â area
A FATHER was
allegedly beheaded after he came to his wife’s defence inside their family home in Bankstown this morning.
The man’s 42-year-old son has been arrested.
Police responding to reports of a domestic incident arrived at the Stacey Street home in Bankstown shortly after 6am this morning.
There officers discovered the body of 69-year-old Toufic Zahab.
Police confirmed the body had been decapitated.
It is alleged Mr Zahab’s elderly wife was burned with candles and kicked down a set of stairs by the couple’s son, Khoder Zahab, and was attacked with a piece of brick and a knife after coming to her aid.
Relative Abdul Elesh said his grandparents had allowed their son to sleep in the house as a favour after a family dinner.
“They’re warm people, generous people,” Mr Elesh said. “He (Toufic) was always welcoming. They are a great family.
“Everyone’s devastated and shocked.”
Police said the scene inside the family’s home was so disturbing officers who attended are receiving counselling.
“The scene was quite disturbing,” Detective Chief Inspector Glen Fitzgerald said. “It has been a difficult morning for both the family and police.
It is understood Mr Zahab, a retired carpenter, owns both units in the duplex and where he was attacked.
Several other relatives, including seven children were at home at the time.
Mr Zahab’s wife was taken from the scene in an ambulance and is providing a statement to police.
A crime scene has been set up at the home and homicide squad detectives are assisting detectives from Bankstown Local Area Command. Police said the son was known to police.
Anyone with information about the man’s death has been urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In other news:
One Dead in “Kitchen Carnage”, Bail Refused for Miss Abdullah
Katherine Abdallah, 31, allegedly smashed a vase over the head of her flatmate Ms Sarkis, 21, before stabbing her at least twice in the chest with a kitchen knife.
She was pronounced dead at St George Hospital a short time later.
Abdallah was arrested at her near-new apartment and later charged with her housemate’s murder.
“It’s a very violent offence for anyone to stab and beat someone to death,” the police said.
Superintendent Dave Donohue said the victim had been stabbed at least twice in an “extended altercation” between the pair.