Man accused of hacking ex-wife’s partner to death with axe

A 75-YEAR-OLD man is behind bars charged with murder after allegedly hacking his ex-wife’s new partner to death with an axe in Sydney’s southwest.

The horrific scenes unfolded on a street in Cabramatta West, in Sydney’s southwest, on Thursday night.

Thanh Tran, 75, is accused of mowing down Pok Min Fah, 59, in his car on Sydney Luker Road before getting out and attacking him with an axe.


NSW Police said they were called to reports of a crash and two men fighting each other about 8.45pm.

They arrived to find Mr Fah laying on the road with horrific head injuries.

Sadly, his injuries were too severe and he could not be saved.

Police confirmed the 59-year-old died at the scene.

Tran, who police say is the ex-husband of Mr Fah’s partner, was arrested and taken to Fairfield Police Station before being taken to Liverpool Hospital for an unrelated medical condition.

After being released from hospital, he was taken to Liverpool Police Station and charged with murder.

The Cabramatta man appeared in Liverpool Local Court on Friday where he did not apply for bail.

The court heard the accused needs the assistance of a Cantonese interpreter to speak to police.

It’s understood a language barrier between the accused and police has prevented officers from obtaining consent to perform a forensic procedure.

The matter was adjourned until May 13, when Tran will re-appear in court via video link.

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