Sydney stabbing: British ‘heroes’ who tackled knifeman

Brothers Luke (L) Paul and (R) O'Shaughnessy Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Brothers Luke (L) and Paul (R) O’Shaughnessy were alerted to the stabbing by a “massive scream”

Two British brothers who helped to restrain a knifeman in central Sydney have described their “scary” confrontation with the blood-soaked suspect.

Luke O’Shaughnessy, 30, and Paul, 37, have been hailed as heroes after they pinned down the attacker.

The armed man stabbed a woman in the street and has been linked to a second woman’s body found nearby.

Luke and Paul said a “massive scream” alerted them to the street attack.

Both men, from Bury, Greater Manchester, were working in an office in the Australian city when they heard screams at 14:00 local time (04:00 BST).

‘Kind of scary’

Luke, a professional Thai kick boxer, told the BBC: “I was sat at my desk and heard a massive scream outside.

“I saw a man wielding a knife covered in blood jumping on top of a car.

“I saw an old man going at him with a chair. I said to Paul: ‘Let’s go – there’s a knifeman’.”

Luke said he arrived to find four men on top of the suspect and helped to pin him down with a chair and a crate.

He said: “We made sure we got round and didn’t move. The knife was right beside him.

“It was scary – I didn’t know whether he had a gun or a vest.

“I was worried. It was kind of scary but I had my brother around me so I had to protect him.

“I had to stop him doing anything else.”

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Paul, a former midfielder with Bury FC, said: “I didn’t even think about it.

“I just thought ‘is my brother going to be OK?’ as we ran towards him.”

The injured woman, 41, remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Australian police are continuing to quiz the suspect, and commissioner Mick Fuller told a press conference the stabbing was not currently being classed as a terrorist incident.

It is believed the suspect had a USB drive containing details of mass killings in New Zealand and the United States.



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