Bexley, New South Wales, Australia
A MAN has appeared in court charged over the stabbing murder of his wife and injuring an 18-year-old girl, believed to be the couple’s daughter.
Haydar Haydar, aged 58, had earlier handed himself in to police after his 45-year-old wife was found stabbed to death inside a unit on Valda St, Bexley, about 6.45pm last night. An 18-year-old girl, believed to be the woman’s daughter, was taken to hospital having suffered serious injuries to her hands.
A family friend said the pair had recently reunited after a separation and had only been living in the Bexley villa for a short time. He described the father as “very strict” and said they had initially split because of arguments over how to raise their children. The man said he believed Haydar had just returned from a family funeral in Lebanon when the attack occurred.
Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, Haydar appeared emotionless and remained stony faced throughout the proceedings at Kogarah Local Court this morning. Charged with murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, he made little eye contact with the court as he sat in the dock, briefly nodding as magistrate Christine Haskett dismissed him. Haydar did not apply for bail and it was formerly refused. He will next appear before Central Local Court on April 9.
|Officers assess the scene at Bexley’s fatal stabbing. Picture: Kristi Miller|
“Certainly it’s up there, it’s a violent attack with multiple injuries and as you can imagine with a knife wound, it’s disturbing.”He added police believe the daughter was injured while trying to intervene in the attack and that she contacted police.australia.
|Police near the crime scene in Bexley. Picture: John Grainger|
“Domestics are very concerning for the NSW police force, it’s the matter that we deal with the most. It is very complex in a lot of cases and we understand that it is very difficult to report domestic violence to police because of a whole range of issues, whether it’s intimidation, fear or a cultural issue.”
“Certainly from the NSW police perspective we’re keen to encourage people to come forward and report domestic violence to us because we are here to help.”