It looks like your typical red-brick suburban house… but inside was a gruesome scene. Now a neighbor has broken his silence about what he found
- ‘Beautiful’ couple from Adelaide allegedly attacked at home
- Motorcycle mechanic charged with two counts of attempted murder
A neighbor who found two friends unconscious and covered in blood after a vicious alleged double assault at a suburban home has spoken out about the horror scene he found.
Antoinette ‘Toni’ McGraw, 49, and Neil Sieben, 66, were both found clinging to life in a red-brick house in suburban Smithfield Plains, north Adelaide, on Wednesday.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and took them to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where they underwent emergency surgery.
Shortly afterwards, South Australian police arrested motorcycle mechanic Thomas Westcott, 32, and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.
One man who felt the couple was clinging to life in the house broke down when he told Nine News: “It’s starting to get to me now.”
Another woman who knew the couple commented that McGraw and Sieben were “such lovely neighbors” and said she hoped they would “get through.”
Antoinette ‘Toni’ McGraw, 49 (pictured), a New Zealand woman living in Adelaide, was found with serious injuries after a brutal alleged bashing
A neighbor who found Ms McGraw and Neil Sieben, 66, (pictured above) said the scene he encountered resembled ‘a slaughterhouse’
Officers and emergency services were called around 3:50 p.m.
Police also said they do not believe this was a “random” incident.
“All parties are known to each other,” the statement said.
“Following an investigation, Northern District detectives visited a property in Salisbury North and arrested a 32-year-old man from Northfield.”
SA police arrested motor mechanic Thomas Westcott, 32, and charged him with two counts of attempted murder and criminal trespass
A shocked neighbor and friend who found the pair unconscious but alive hesitated as he described what he saw
“He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and serious criminal offences.”
Westcott did not apply for bail and appeared before Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Thursday, April 27.
Police prosecutors asked for more time to analyze DNA from the site of the alleged attack.
He must appear in court again in December.