CRIES AND CUFFS
Man stabbed to death after accused killer calls in for kids
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.