Khoder Zahab goes wild.
The Daily Telegraph
February 15, 2013 12:00AM
A RETIRED carpenter was allegedly beheaded by his son during a domestic dispute at a house full of children in Bankstown yesterday.
It is believed the victim, Toufic Zahab, 69, came to his wife's defence as she was being assaulted by their 42-year-old son Khoder Zahab.
Up to seven children were at home when much-loved Mr Zahab was allegedly attacked with a brick and knife in his Stacey St home shortly after 6am.
It is alleged that, moments earlier, his wife suffered candle burns and had been kicked down a flight of stairs.
She then watched helplessly as her husband died.
Police found the man dead inside the lounge room of the home with horrific injuries.
According to neighbours, Mr Zahab's visibly distraught wife was taken from the scene in an ambulance to Bankstown Hospital where she was treated by doctors.
Shocked police said the scene inside the family's home was so disturbing, officers who attended were receiving counselling.
"The scene was quite disturbing," Detective Chief Inspector Glen Fitzgerald said.
"It has been a difficult morning for both the family and police." It is understood Mr Zahab owned both units in the duplex where he was attacked.
Several other relatives, including the children, were at home at the time.
Mr Zahab's grandson Abdul Elesh said his grandparents had allowed their son to sleep in the house as a favour after a family dinner.
"They're warm people, generous people," Mr Elesh said.
"He (Toufic) was always welcoming. They are a great family.
"Everyone's devastated and shocked."
Another relative claimed Khoder Zahab suffered from a mental disorder.
Police confirmed the victim had been decapitated and Khoder Zahab was known to police. Zahab, of Villawood, was arrested at the house.
He was taken to Bankstown police station, where he was charged with murder, assaulting police and common assault.
The man faced Bankstown Local Court yesterday and was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on April 10.
Police set up a major crime scene and northbound traffic on Stacey St was diverted for several hours as extensive forensic examinations were carried out by scientific officers.
Motorists travelling through the area are advised to consider alternate routes and expect delays.