Dover Heights, Weonga Road: Hero builder comes to the rescue of woman stabbed in the chest


Pictured: Helen Coulston

A tradie is being hailed a hero after rushing to save a woman who was stabbed in the chest in one of Australia’s most exclusive suburbs. 

Mother-of-two Helen Coulston, 46, is now fighting for life at St Vincent’s hospital after being knifed when she answered the front door of her Dover Heights home in Sydney’s east.

Peter, a builder working nearby, heard her desperate screams for help and came running to her aid as the blood-soaked woman managed to wrestle the blade away from the knifeman before throwing it into the street.

The Trident Design and Construction worker picked up the knife as the attacker closed in and demanded he hand it over.

He refused and the tense standoff eventually ended when the attacker jumped into a white Audi and sped off.

But the quick-thinking tradie called the police and gave them the registration details.

The luxury car was then intercepted by heavily-armed police on Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach moments later and a man, 46, was arrested. He is now facing a charge of attempted murder.

Peter and his construction team stayed with the woman and rendered aid until a NSW Ambulance crew arrived at the bloody scene.

A hero builder comes to the rescue of a woman who was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife in Dover Heights

A hero builder comes to the rescue of a woman who was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife in Dover Heights

Peter (left), a nearby builder managed to grab the knife from the street while the man who is alleged to be the offender demanded the weapon to be handed over

Peter (left), a nearby builder managed to grab the knife from the street while the man who is alleged to be the offender demanded the weapon to be handed over 

Paramedics landed at nearby Dudley Page Reserve and assessed her, before she was taken to hospital by ambulance

Paramedics landed at nearby Dudley Page Reserve and assessed her, before she was taken to hospital by ambulance

Johnny Spili, Peter’s boss, told Daily Mail Australia he couldn’t be more proud of his worker, who was working on a house two doors down at the time of the attack.

‘I am very proud of Peter’s conduct and how he intervened. I am very happy he contained himself, stood his ground protected the lady and then he kept his cool, it could have turned out so much worse,’ said Mr Spili. 

Mr Spili said Peter had called him multiple times this afternoon since the attack and said he was shook up but he is ‘a tough kid’

He said Peter told him the woman managed to grab the knife off the attacker and throw it away for Peter to then pick it up. 

Mr Spili says Peter told him he ‘stood his ground ready to go and told the attacker to come and get it’. 

‘I think he is doing well, he is just pretty shooken [shaken] up and is just taking some time to relax and process what happened,’ Mr Spili said. 

‘He has called me a few times and he is in shock but he will be fine, he is a tough kid.’

When approached by the alleged attacker, Peter kept his cool moving backwards as the alleged offender closed in - before eventually the man calmly walked away, hopping in a white Audi and driving off

When approached by the alleged attacker, Peter kept his cool moving backwards as the alleged offender closed in – before eventually the man calmly walked away, hopping in a white Audi and driving off

Police have arrested the 46-year-old man, his white Audi has been towed and will be forensically examined

Police have arrested the 46-year-old man, his white Audi has been towed and will be forensically examined

In a statement, paramedics said three ambulances and the helicopter ambulance were dispatched. 

Paramedics landed at nearby Dudley Page Reserve and assessed her, before she was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police closed part of Weonga Rd and established a crime scene.

It’s understood the woman’s husband attended the property a short time later.

Police have arrested the 46-year-old man, his white Audi has been towed and will be forensically examined.

NSW Ambulance say paramedics managed to stabilise the woman and she was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical but stable condition

NSW Ambulance say paramedics managed to stabilise the woman and she was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition

NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan said paramedics managed to stabilise the woman and she was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

‘This was a very traumatic scene to arrive at with a significant, life threatening stab wound,’ Mr Buchanan said.

‘Paramedics administered IV fluids, stemmed the bleeding and provided pain relief to stabilise the patient.

‘Stabbing wounds are generally confronting incidents and this patient has suffered a very serious injury.’

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