Pharmacists Sam Maier and Con Varela who with others rushed to restrain the attacker.
Pharmacists Sam Maier and Con Varela who with others rushed to restrain the attacker. John Gass

Witnesses aid stabbing victim

A MURWILLUMBAH chemist and his staff found themselves in the role of white knights yesterday when they intervened in a stabbing in the town's main street, rescuing the victim and restraining the alleged attacker.

Pharmacist Con Varela incident began when a woman and a man were in the shop.

Another man, believed to be the woman's ex-boyfriend, then came in the back entrance from Proudfoot Ln about 9.20am.

“She said she had an AVO (apprehended violence order) out and not to come near her,” Mr Varela said.

“Then they went out the front and it started. He pulled out a knife.

“We restrained him and we had to stop the bleeding (on the victim). He was cut probably three times.”

Mr Varela praised Murwillumbah police, who quickly rushed across the street from the police station.

He said the victim was fortunate people were around to help.

“He's lucky it happened here. If it happened somewhere else we wouldn't have been here to restrain the older boyfriend or stop the bleeding,” he said.

“Twenty-eight years I've been here now. I've had to talk to a few people in the past about carrying knives, but never seen a stabbing.”

Inspector Brad Stewart of Tweed Byron police congratulated “business owners and members of the public who came to the assistance of the victim”.

He said the 30-year-old Murwillumbah man was undergoing treatment at Tweed Hospital for stab wounds to the back and arms, and was in a stable condition.

Insp Stewart said a Murwillumbah man, 48, had been charged with reckless wounding, assault and contravening a domestic violence order.

He said bail had been refused with the man in custody until a court hearing today.

The incident stunned passing shoppers, one commenting that Murwillumbah was not the town it used to be, with yesterday's stabbing and Monday afternoon's armed robbery of the Southern Cross Credit Union, also in the main street.


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