Redfern: Man, 25, charged on multiple counts over ‘terrifying’ incidents of assault and stabbings of taxi driver and deliveryman

Police have charged a man with a number of offences in relation to three incidents of stabbing and assault in Sydney’s Redfern over the weekend. 

A 25-year-old male was arrested in the inner-city suburb’s Walker Street on Saturday afternoon following which charges including five counts of wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two counts of custody of knife in public place, assault occasioning bodily harm, affray, and posses prohibited drug were laid against him later that night. 

In the first incident, from Friday afternoon, the offender is believed to have assaulted a 56-year-old male inside a licensed venue on Phillip Street before fleeing the location. 

On 11pm the same night, emergency services were called to the intersection of Walker Street and James Street over reports of a taxi driver having been stabbed. 

Officers found a 38-year-old with injuries to the chest and hand at the scene. His condition stabilised upon provision of medical treatment before he was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital.

Police were told a man opened the front passenger door of the taxi and leaned inside, allegedly stabbing the driver in the chest before running away.

Just over an hour later, about 12.20am on Saturday, police were alerted of another stabbing at nearby Morehead Street in which a food delivery driver was pierced through the back multiple times. 

It is understood the man exited an apartment building before attacking the delivery driver.

“The taxi driver has indicated to us that it was a rather horrific ordeal that he had to go through,” Detective acting Superintendent from NSW Police, Dean Johnstone, said. 

Residents in the area rushed to the man’s assistance before ambulance services arrived, with one witness telling media the cab driver was “very shaken”.

Paramedics treated the victim, 25, and then took him to St Vincent’s Hospital in a stable condition. 

Police believe the same man is behind all three incidents, although are unclear of his motives given there are no evident links between each. 

“It is very terrifying and it’s very concerning to us,” D/A Supt Johnstone said.

“These two gentlemen were actually performing work-related functions at the time of these attacks. These are two members of our community who have gone out there and are doing their job.”

The 25-year-old arrestee has been refused bail and will appear before Parramatta Local Court on Sunday. Crime scenes were established at all locations. 

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