Brav­ery hon­oured

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

A STAR of Courage – one of Australia’s high­est brav­ery honours – has been be­stowed on a ded­i­cated mother who lost her life de­fend­ing her daugh­ter.

An­gela Ferullo died af­ter she was stabbed in the Como hair sa­lon she and daugh­ter Selina Bello ran to­gether.

On June 24, 2013, James Bill Payet, Ms Ferullo’s for­mer part­ner, at­tacked them both and cus­tomer Peggy Alexander-Kew.

Last May he was sen­tenced to life in pri­son with a 25-year min­i­mum.

Mrs Alexander-Kew has also been hon­oured with a Brav­ery Medal – for acts of brav­ery in haz­ardous cir­cum­stances – in the first round of the Aus­tralian Brav­ery Dec­o­ra­tions for 2015, an­nounced by Gover­nor-Gen­eral Peter Cos­grove.

Ms Bello, then preg­nant with son Emilio An­gelo, was stabbed by Payet af­ter she would not say where her mother was.

Hear­ing her daugh­ter scream, Ms Ferullo ran from the rear of the sa­lon and threw her­self over her daugh­ter, suf­fer­ing fa­tal knife wounds.

Her post­hu­mous hon­our was awarded for acts of con­spic­u­ous courage in cir­cum­stances of great peril.

A regular cus­tomer at the sa­lon, Mrs Alexander-Kew at­tempted to res­cue mother and daugh­ter as Payet, armed with two hunt­ing knives, at­tacked.

As Payet dragged Ms Ferullo to­wards the front door, Mrs Alexander-Kew threw a heavy sa­lon chair at Payet who then punched, stabbed and shoved her. But the grand­mother disregarded her own safety and again threw the chair at Payet, who then fled.

She locked the door and called 000.

“Sadly, there are those whose brave acts mean they are no longer with us,” Gen­eral Cos­grove said. “To­day, to their fam­i­lies, I ex­press the na­tion’s sad­ness at your loss but pride in your loved one’s ac­tions.

“We are for­tu­nate as a com­mu­nity to have so many out­stand­ing peo­ple will­ing to put them­selves in harm’s way to as­sist oth­ers in need, and it is only fit­ting that they have to­day been recog­nised through the Aus­tralian Honours sys­tem.”

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