Husband heard wife Prabha’s murder over phone

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 08 Maret 2015 | 23.08

The scene of the fatal stabbing / Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

A MOTHER stabbed to death in a brutal attack was on the phone to her husband when her killer struck.

Prabha Arun Kumar had finished working a double shift at an IT company and was taking a shortcut home across Parramatta Park about 9.30pm on Saturday.

She was just 300m from her Westmead home when she was attacked.

Prabha Arun Kumar / Picture: Supplied Source: Facebook

Prabha Arun Kumar's home / Picture: Ben Pike Source: Supplied

Chillingly, she was talking with her husband Arun Kumar, at home in India, at the time.

"I think I've been stabbed," she told him before collapsing in a pool of blood. The line then went dead.

The walkway between Argyle and Park Parade in Parramatta, scene of the murder on Saturday night / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Mr Kumar is on his way from Bangalore with the couple's 10-year-old daughter.

"It is a nightmare. I don't know why this happens to good people," Ms Kumar's friend and flatmate, who asked only to be identified as Sarada, said.

Police and SES search the scene yesterday morning. Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

Police described the attack as 'horrific.' Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

Litter lies on the path where the stabbing occurred. Picture: Justin Lloyd. Source: News Corp Australia

"I don't know how I'm going to face her husband. She is very close to her husband and daughter.

"She talks to them every day, as soon as she finishes work she calls her husband and keeps talking. She has a good family."

Flowers at the scene of Prabha Arun Kumar's murder / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Ms Kumar, who was planning to move back to India after her working visa expired, had worked at AMP before starting with Indian-based IT and outsourcing company Mind Tree in late 2012.

The company is based at The Rocks but Ms Kumar had been working with a client at Rhodes when she caught the train home on Saturday, getting off at Parramatta Station about 9pm. It is believed she had knocked back a lift from work because she didn't want to bother friends.

NSW Police at the scene of a murder in Parramatta Park in Westmead. Picture: Ben Pike Source: Supplied

Police are poring over CCTV footage showing Ms Kumar walking from the station along Argyle St and on to Park Parade to see if she was followed into Parramatta Park.

Sarada said her friend used to call when she worked late and she would collect her from the railway station.

"But because she was working late regularly, she felt bad to ask for help. Maybe that is the reason she didn't call," Sarada said.

The path through Parramatta Park cuts between a golf course and Parramatta High School. It is sparsely lit but the attack happened near a cluster of trees that has wide open spaces on either side and was 20m from the nearest light.

A police officer at the scene / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

She was found in a pool of blood by a man just after 9.30pm. She was taken to Westmead Hospital but had lost a lot of blood and was pronounced dead at 12.45am.

"It is a horrific attack without any stretch of the imagination," Superintendent Wayne Cox from Parramatta police said. "Certainly my heartfelt condolences go out to the family and we will certainly be working with the family to move through this investigation process with them."

As police and homicide detectives formed Strike Force Marcoala to investigate the murder, Supt Cox said they were particularly interested in talking to people who were around Argyle St and Park Parade on Saturday night.

Sarada told The Daily Telegraph she had warned her friend about the dangers of the park.

"I told her that it is not a safe way to come through because there is people that stop and ask you for money, like $2," Sarada said.

She took aim at her friend's employers, saying they should have helped her stay safe if she was working so late. "I kept warning her, either to take a cab from work or just take a safer route," she said.

"Even if I work late my bosses would provide a cab. She is a single lady, doesn't have anyone here, she works late at night — why they don't think about security of their staff?"

She said that Ms Kumar was "a really nice, quiet and hard working person". "She is very religious, goes to the temple every week. As soon as she comes back from home she takes a bath and she prays," she said.

Ms Kumar's colleagues at Mind Tree yesterday said they had been told by police not to say anything.

Parramatta residents say the park is poorly lit and quiet after the sun goes down. They believe CCTV and extra lighting must be installed to make it safer.

"I'm just lucky that nothing has ever happened to me," said Lara Emery, 25, who lives in the area and was moved to tears when she heard about the murder. She said she would reconsider using the park at night.

Ben Pike

PRABHA Arun Kumar's walk home from Parramatta Railway Station is a long and lonely one during the day, let alone in the dark of a ­Saturday night.

After getting off at the station the 41-year-old turned right on to ­Argyle St and walked 800m to the corner of Pitt St and Argyle St.

On this leg of the journey she walked past the entrance to the Parramatta Westfield shopping centre. From this point, the path quickly becomes very quiet.

There are railway tracks on one side of the road and anonymous ­office blocks on the other.

Retracing Ms Kumar's steps at 3pm on a Sunday, I didn't pass a soul on the footpath between Marsden St and Pitt St.

One can only imagine how deserted it was at 9pm.

She then crossed over at the lights from Pitt St to Park Parade and entered Parramatta Park.

From there it is less than 400m to her home up the long path that leads to Amos St.

If you are standing at the corner of Pitt St and Park Parade in daylight hours, you can see the path all the way up the hill to where Ms Kumar was attacked. The 250m climb is lit by only five street lamps, meaning her attacker would have had plenty of dark spots to hide in.

But Ms Kumar only made it three-quarters of the way up the incline before she was stabbed.

The scene of the crime was almost exactly between two street lamps, meaning she was about 20m from the nearest light at the time of the attack.

Women who live in the area say they would never walk through the park at night because it is "not very well lit".

Police have also said the lighting in the park is not up to scratch.

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