Thai Backpacker Saves Woman from Rampaging Knifeman in Sydney
Thai Backpacker Nattaput Penpanussak intervened in the attack and saved a woman’s life, according to eyewitnesses (News Limited)
A Thai backpacker, Nattaput Penpanussak, 29, was recently called a hero after he leapt to the defence of the three other backpackers who were being stabbed by a crazed knifeman outside a hostel in Sydney, Australia.
Timothy Kelly, 36, attacked two German men, both 19, and a 24-year-old Irish woman in a frenzied attack with a piece of glass outside their hostel in Sydney’s Central Business District. Police were able to arrest the attacker after Nattaput intervened, causing Kelly to flee the brawl outside the Nomads Westend Hostel on Pitt St, Haymarket.
Kelly stabbed German man Christoph Leibrech, 19, in the neck leaving him clutching a towel to a gaping wound as he was loaded into an ambulance. Fellow countryman Lukas Kofink, 19, was then stabbed in the arm by Kelly.
Irish backpacker, Aifric Butler-Rees, 24, was left crying hysterically after Kelly stabbed her in the face, court documents said.
They were rushed to St Vincents Hospital by ambulance.
Police said the brawl broke out after the trio got into an argument with Kelly.
Thai backpacker Nattaput was dubbed a hero after he leapt to the defence of the three. He suffered extensive cuts to his hand, arm and torso.
“I’m lucky; he wanted to kill me,” Nattaput said after the attack. “You know, as a gentleman, you have to save the woman.”
A female British backpacker, who did not wish to be named, said Nattaput’s efforts had saved the 26-year-old woman’s life.
“He’s the real hero. If he didn’t come down, she would have died,” she said.
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