From Natasha Chaku Melbourne, Mar 9: Australian police today released the CCTV footage of the Indian IT consultant walking from a train station just before she was fatally stabbed and appealed to people for information to crack the baffling case.
The New South Wales police launched a probe following the stabbing of 41-year-old Prabha Arun Kumar, who was on the phone with her husband in India, when the "horrific" attack happened on Saturday in Westmead, a suburb of Sydney.
Police said the emergency services responded to reports of a seriously injured woman on a public walkway between Argyle Street, Parramatta, and Amos Street, Westmead, at around 9:30pm (local time) on Saturday. Ambulance Paramedics treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Westmead Hospital, where she died at about 12:45 am yesterday.
Confirming her identity, the police statement said, it was believed that Prabha got off a train at Parramatta Railway Station about 9pm, before walking along Argyle Street and turning left onto the walkway. Police believe she was attacked while on the walkway. She sustained a number of injuries, which it is believed were inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon.
Strike Force Marcoala has been formed to investigate the death. It comprises police from Parramatta Local Area Command and State Crime Command's Homicide Squad. "We are hoping this will jog the memory of anyone who was in the vicinity of Argyle Street, Park Parade or Amos Street that evening, and encourage them to come forward and speak with police," Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Willing, said.
Prabha worked for IT firm Mindtree in 'The Rocks' and had reportedly been working a double shift the day of her death. Prabha's distraught husband Arun Kumar and her 9-year-old daughter had reached Australia from Bangalore to formally identify her body, media reports said.
Prabha's husband was on the phone with her when she was brutally stabbed in the park, 'the Daily Telegraph' reported. "She was talking with her husband Arun Kumar in India when she said 'he stabbed me, darling' before the line went dead," the report said. Detective Superintendent Willing said her husband was now telling detectives about the conversation Prabha was having with him before she was killed. "We have some detail in terms of their conversation," he said adding that, "He's understandably extremely distressed."