Man, 75, arrested over axe attack that left one person dead

A man was arrested following a motor vehicle collision and axe attack. Source: Getty

A 75-year-old man has been arrested following the death of one person in a shocking axe attack in Sydney on Thursday night.

Emergency services were called to a scene in Cabramatta West, in the city’ south-west, at around 8.45pm after reports of a motor vehicle collision and two men fighting.

Upon attending the crash site, NSW Police found a man, aged 59, with a wound to his head. He died at the scene.

The 75-year-old, who is reportedly known to the first man, was also discovered at the scene and taken into custody, along with an axe which was seized. After being taken into custody he was then transported to a nearby hospital for an unrelated reason.

“A man who was arrested following the death of another man at Cabramatta West has been taken to hospital as inquiries into the incident continue,” NSW Police said in a statement.

According to the ABC, police will allege the 75-year-old ran over the victim and proceeded to attack him with the axe. Both men are reportedly known to police, with the suspect the ex-husband of the victim’s partner.

After being released from hospital, the 75-year-old is expected to be returned to Fairfield Police Station where he will undergo questioning.

Meanwhile, specialist officers and detectives from Fairfield City Police Area Command have established Strike Force Pierson to investigate the incident.

Speaking to the ABC following the shocking turn of events, Acting Inspector Corfield thanked a resident on the street for taking action and calling the police.

“It’s a public street, very confronting for them, but we’ll thank them for contacting police and their assistance,” he told the broadcaster.

He added: “Police located the male on the roadway with some injuries to his head, quite confronting for police at the scene… obviously quite a violent incident.”

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