An Indian Australian woman and her daughter were stabbed in Melbourne’s Mill Park.
Kellaway Crescent in Mill Park resident Prabhal Sharma, allegedly appeared on Thursday evening armed with a knife at his wife Poonam’s home.
He allegedly stabbed his 39-year-old wife Poonam and his six-year-old daughter Vanessa. However, his ten-year-old daughter Angela managed to run away unharmed.
Neighbours called emergency services at about 7:50 pm.
Family friends told The Australia Today, “Prabhal got addicted to drugs after coming into close contact with a local bikie gang.”
He broke his relationship with a close circle of friends who tried to take him to the rehabilitation process.
A friend who does not want to be named told The Australia Today, “Prabhal called me at 7:10 pm yesterday.”
“He was very upset and was complaining about being ignored by everyone including friends and family. It seemed to me that he was under drug influence.”
Victoria Police believes Prabhal followed his wife while she tried to get to safety.
Detective Inspector in charge Dean Thomas told in a statement that Prabhal injured himself when Police approached him.
Poonam Sharma died tragically at the scene, while daughter Vanessa was taken to hospital in critical condition. The little girl passed away Friday morning.
Prabhal was also taken to hospital in a critical condition as he injured himself when police arrived.
In the hospital, he is under guard and Police detectives are waiting to speak to him.
Speaking at a news conference Friday morning, Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said “It is believed that the 39-year-old victim ran from her house to a neighbour’s house for help, and she was chased by the perpetrator.”
“He’s known to the police.”
Did system fail Ponam?
The Australia Today can confirm that emergency services had attended the address at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, just 7 hours before Prabhal Sharma allegedly stabbed his wife Poonam and daughter Vanessa.
Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said, “We believe a person at the address has been assessed at the time and emergency services have been released.”
Indian Australian community leaders are working to support the surviving girl. Her grandparents have been contacted and Visa applications have been made for coming to Australia.
“It’s very difficult, she’s going through an absolutely horrible, traumatic incident.”
The Indian Australian community is devastated by the incident and is calling on members to seek help if they are feeling any issue that makes them stressed.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
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