A tradesman who came to the aid of a stabbed woman said he distracted an alleged attacker long enough for her to grab the knife and throw it onto the footpath.
Helen Coulston, 46, is now fighting for her life after the daylight attack at the home on Weonga Road in Dover Heights, one of Sydney’s most exclusive addresses.
Builder Peter Haramis, 37, was eating lunch on a nearby block with two concreters when they heard the woman’s screams and began walking, then running up the hill as the sounds became more panicked.
Coulston was screaming, “help me, help me, he’s gonna kill me”, he said.
When he arrived at the triple-level home, the woman was doubled over at her door with a man standing over her. The man was not her her husband Walt Coulston.
“He sort of, he looked at me and he froze… so I thought to myself, this is it, I think I have to fight him here,” he said. But just as he was about to start running, the woman took advantage of the split second her attacker had stopped.
“She grabbed the knife and threw it past me onto the footpath.”
Haramis said he was able to pick up the knife, which had “about four centimeters of blood” along it, and the woman ran inside her house and locked the door.
Coulston was wearing a white shirt. Haramis said “you could see red, she was bleeding”.