Father Stabbed In The Neck After Complaining About Noise
A father-of-one is lucky to be alive after making a noise complaint near his home in Sydney's north-west.
David Sidhom, 29, was involved in a fight with a group of people at a park in The Ponds when he was stabbed multiple times in the neck about 9:15pm on Saturday.
Inspector Glen Jacobs said he approached the group to make what appears to be a noise complaint before a verbal altercation took place.
"This male left his residence in Marsh Street to approach the group about a noise complaint -- a reasonable request -- and it has escalated into a life-threatening incident," he said on Sunday.
"It is a serious offence; it's not acceptable."
Sidhom was treated at the scene before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Paramedic Joe Ibrahim said he suffered three stab wounds, two of which were superficial and one which was "up to 15 centimetres long".
"We had a lot of trouble trying to control that bleeding all the way to the hospital," he told reporters.
He said Sidhom was lucky to escape severe injury -- or indeed be alive.
"Just the nature of where the stab wound was to the back of the neck, if it was too far forward, it could very well have severed his trachea or his breathing tube," he said.
"And if it was just a little bit to the left, he very likely could have ended up as a quadriplegic."
Police are yet to speak to the group -- believed to comprise eight males and a female aged in their 20s -- who fled the park in vehicles.
One neighbour told 10 News First she heard "the choppers and some cars rev by".
"All of the neighbours are trying to find out what happened because our kids live here and there are so many kids who play in this park every single day," she said.
"It's very worrying."
Police are investigating "a number" of lines of inquiry and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
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