Service NSW Employee Allegedly Stabbed in Unprovoked Attack in Sydney CBD
A Service NSW employee was allegedly stabbed multiple times in the lower back, chest, and shoulder in an unprovoked attack at the Haymarket branch in Sydney’s CBD. The incident occurred at around 9:20 am on November 30, 2021. The accused, 37-year-old Mahmoud Salhab from Punchbowl, was immediately detained by Service NSW staff and customers and has been charged with wounding with intent.
Daniel Horta, a customer at the branch, claimed that the accused man raised his voice with an employee after he was told he didn’t have enough documents. Horta said, “Then he started to shout and punch the server, who was an older guy. Usually I’m not the type of guy that would react in these types of situations but I was the closest male guy so I had to do something.”
Condition of the Injured Employee
The Service NSW employee was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition and underwent emergency surgery. He is now with family in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition.
Closure of Haymarket Branch
Service NSW has announced that the Haymarket branch will remain closed for two days as staff work with NSW Police investigating the incident.
Response from Authorities
Detective Superintendent Martin Fileman alleged that the accused man produced a bladed knife in an unprovoked attack and stabbed the employee multiple times in the torso. He also stated that the man was facing a “substantial custodial sentence” if found guilty. NSW Premier Chris Minns described the incident as “horrifying” and expressed his sympathy for the injured employee and his family. Secretary of NSW Department of Customer Service Emma Hogan called the incident “awful and upsetting” and assured that they are offering their full support to the injured employee and his family.
The incident is a reminder of the risks faced by frontline workers in their daily duties. It is important for employers to prioritize the safety and welfare of their employees and provide them with appropriate support in case of such incidents. The accused man will appear in court tomorrow, and if found guilty, he will face serious consequences for his actions.