Wednesday 21 February 2018

Homeless man charged with stabbing of Irishwoman in Australian hostel

Irish backpacker Aifric Butler-Rees (Pic Credit: Hearne)
Irish backpacker Aifric Butler-Rees (Pic Credit: Hearne)
Timothy Kelly arrested at the scene (Pic credit: Hearne)
Police seal off crime scene (Pic credit: Hearne)
German tourist (Pic credit: Hearne)
Nattaput Panpanussak (Pic credit: Hearne)

AN Irishwoman is recovering after she was stabbed in the face with glass during an argument in an Australian hostel in Sydney.

Irish backpacker, Aifric Butler-Rees (24) was allegedly stabbed by 36-year old Timothy Kelly in the vicious assault at the Pitt Street hostel in the Haymarket district about 2.15am (AEST) on Thursday.

Two 19-year-old German men Christoph Leibrech and Lukas Kofink also suffered stab wounds in the attack.

These pictures from show the damage inflicted to the tourists before a Thai tourist intervened causing the attacker to flee the brawl.

According to Australian media, police arrested Kelly after heroic backpacker Nattaput Penpanussak, 29, stepped in. He suffered extensive cuts to his hand, arm and torso as a result.

"I'm lucky, he wanted to kill me," Mr Penpanussak told The Daily Telegraph.

Kelly is listed as living in a homeless shelter in Darlinghurst. He was refused bail in Central Local Court yesterday as court documents revealed details of the gruesome attack.

He was arrested and charged with three counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the three tourists and Mr Penpanussak.

Homeless Kelly was also charged with assaulting pub security worker Mustafa Akkan, according to court documents.

Sydney City Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Walton told reporters on Thursday that a man had been charged over the attack.

Supt Walton said it was not known if alcohol was involved but "mental health" issues may have been a factor.

The three backpackers are reportedly still in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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