Man stabbed to death af­ter ac­cused killer calls in for kids

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - CHRISTO­PHER HAR­RIS & HENRY LYNCH

A MAN was stabbed to death out­side a Western Syd­ney house al­legedly by an­other man who had gone there to col­lect his young chil­dren from his ex-part­ner.

Peni Apiko­toa, 34, was at the home of his friend Cas­san­dra San­ders on Dutch Pl in St Clair on Satur­day night when he was stabbed by her ex-part­ner Nathan Cha­timba, 31.

“He was a kind, thought­ful and car­ing per­son who was much loved by many, the fam­ily are un­der­stand­ably gravely dis­traught by his sud­den and vi­o­lent death,” Mr Apiko­toa’s fam­ily said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. NSW Am­bu­lance in­spec­tor Nathan Sher­a­ton said Mr Apiko­toa was stabbed “mul­ti­ple times … he lost a fair bit of blood”.

Ms San­ders was also al­legedly in­jured by her former part­ner. Cha­timba’s cur­rent girl­friend Cather­ine Bar­low yes­ter­day told The Daily Tele­graph her boyfriend went to the home to col­lect his two young chil­dren from the home of Ms San­ders.

Po­lice al­lege a fight broke out be­tween the men about 6.40pm in the front yard of the home, with Cha­timba stab­bing Mr Apiko­toa, who died on the front lawn a short time later.

About two hours af­ter the stab­bing, po­lice found Cha­timba at a home on nearby Bellini Pl.

Cha­timba was seen cry­ing as po­lice led him from the house in hand­cuffs.

Po­lice charged him with Mr Apiko­toa’s mur­der and griev­ous bod­ily harm against Ms San­ders. Ms Bar­low yes­ter­day said her boyfriend went to the house to col­lect his chil­dren be­fore the fatal fight erupted.

“He went down there to pick up his kids,” she said.

His le­gal aid lawyer Belinda James did not ap­ply for bail yes­ter­day and it was for­mally re­fused.

Cha­timba is sched­uled to face Pen­rith Lo­cal Court again on Oc­to­ber 12.

Res­i­dent John Vaughn, 82, said he heard the com­mo­tion from his house.

“I was in the liv­ing room watch­ing TV when I saw red and blue flash­ing lights through the win­dow,” he said. The Daily Tele­graph ob­served foren­sic po­lice re­mov­ing items from the area on Satur­day night, with the en­tire street de­clared a crime scene as res­i­dents were es­corted to and from their homes by of­fi­cers. An­other woman was drop­ping her el­derly mother off at her home on Dutch Pl when she came across the crime scene. “The po­lice told me to look at the ground and not at the scene,” she said. “I could see crime scene mark­ers all over the street.” “I grew up in this street, noth­ing bad ever hap­pened here,” she added as she re­called the night’s events.

Nathan Cha­timba is led away in hand­cuffs on Satur­day night. Main pic­ture: Top Notch Video

Cha­timba with ex-part­ner Cas­san­dra San­ders and (right) stab­bing vic­tim Peni Apiko­toa.

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