Tongan man dies while defending his female friend in Australia

Tui hele'i 'o mate ha tangata Tonga ko Ben 'Apikotoa 'i Senē, 'Aositelēlia 'aneafi Sāpate ko hono 12. Kuo puke ai 'e he kau polisi' ha matāpule 'uli'uli tukuaki'i ki he hia ko e fakapō.


A Tongan man has died while trying to defend a female friend from her former partner.

Ben Apikotoa, who is described as “kind, caring and affectionate” by his family, was stabbed multiple times on Saturday night after reportedly being called to a home in Sydney’s west by his friend, Cassie Sanders, who was allegedly being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Nathan Chatimba.

Chatimba, 31, has been charged with murdering the 34-year-old during a brawl between two men in a cul-de-sac in St Clair.

Police allege Ben responded to the call for help after Ms Sanders was allegedly attacked at the home.

A neighbour told Seven News he saw the men throwing punches before Chatimba allegedly pulled out a knife.

Residents claim the 31-year-old then fled the scene before being arrested by police two hours later.

He briefly appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday where he was denied bail. He will face court in October.

Chatimba appeared distraught as he was arrested by police.

Paramedics arrived at the home at 6.40pm. Despite the efforts from paramedics, Ben died at the scene.

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