Dover Heights: High-flying real estate agent Matthew Ramsay charged with stabbing Helen Coulston
The mother-of-two was allegedly stabbed outside her Dover Heights home
A high-flying real estate agent is charged with stabbing his female friend in the chest outside her multi million-dollar home.
Matthew Brian Ramsay, 46, will appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday after he allegedly knifed Helen Coulston when she answered the front door of her cliffside Dover Heights home, in Sydney’s east, at about 12.15pm on Monday.
Builders working on a site nearby heard the alleged victim screaming and ran to help, but the mother-of-two had already allegedly managed to grab the knife from Ramsay.
The alleged knifeman fled the scene in a white Audi A5, but was arrested soon after on Campbell Pde at Bondi Beach and charged with cause wounding/grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.
Mrs Coulston was raced to St Vincent’s Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Ramsay works in partner developments for Stanton Hillier Parker, a commercial real estate company, and is friends with the alleged victim and her husband – who also works in real estate.
Matthew Brian Ramsay (picturedd), 46, will appear in Waverley Local Court on Tuesday. He is a high-flying real estate agent
NSW Ambulance say paramedics managed to stabilise Mrs Coulston and she was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition
Ramsay is a well-respected figure in the real estate industry with more than 20 years’ experience and, according to an article by his former employer, Ray White, ‘has had a pivotal role in brokering some of Australia’s highest profile deals’.
He was responsible for the sale of Channel 7’s Pyrmont building for $180 million and Channel 9’s Willoughby building for $147.5 million.
Builder Peter Haramis, 37, was on his lunch break nearby when he heard Ms Coulston screaming for help and rushed to her aid.
Ramsay was allegedly standing over Ms Coulston by the time Mr Haramis reached them at the top of the stairs – he recalled the man’s stone-cold emotionless stare.
‘She was just screaming: ‘Help me! Help! He’s gonna kill me!’ he told NCA NewsWire.
‘He sort of, he looked at me and he froze… so I thought to myself, this is it, I think I have to fight him here.
Pictured: Helen Coulston remains in a critical but stable condition. She is expected to make a full recovery
Despite her injuries, a brave Ms Coulston managed to grab the knife and threw it onto the footpath before rushing back inside and locked the door, Mr Haramis said.
‘I picked up the knife … he started walking towards me,’ Mr Haramis recalled.
‘He was just walking towards me saying: ‘Give me the knife.’
‘I said: ‘No, you’re not getting it.’
‘Then the guy just calmly turns around and starts walking up the hill to his car.’
Peter Haramis (pictured right speaking to police) rushed to the aid of the mother-of-two
The tense standoff eventually ended when the alleged attacker jumped into a white Audi and sped off.
A quick-thinking Mr Haramis called the police and gave them the registration details.
The luxury car was then intercepted by heavily-armed police on Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach moments later and Ramsay was arrested and charged.
Mr Haramis and his construction team stayed with the woman and rendered aid until ambulance crew arrived at the scene.
A hero builder comes to the rescue of a woman who was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife in Dover Heights
Peter (left), a nearby builder managed to grab the knife from the street while the man who is alleged to be the offender demanded the weapon to be handed over
Johnny Spili, Mr Haramis’ boss, told Daily Mail Australia on Monday he couldn’t be more proud of his employee who was working on a house two doors down at the time of the attack.
‘I am very proud of Peter’s conduct and how he intervened. I am very happy he contained himself, stood his ground protected the lady and then he kept his cool, it could have turned out so much worse,’ Mr Spili said.
Mr Spili said Peter had called him multiple times this afternoon since the attack and said he was shook up but he is ‘a tough kid’
He said Mr Haramis told him the woman managed to grab the knife off the attacker and throw it away for Peter to then pick it up.
Mr Spili says Peter told him he ‘stood his ground ready to go and told the attacker to come and get it’.
‘I think he is doing well, he is just pretty shooken [shaken] up and is just taking some time to relax and process what happened,’ Mr Spili said.
‘He has called me a few times and he is in shock but he will be fine, he is a tough kid.’
When approached by the alleged attacker, Peter kept his cool moving backwards as the alleged offender closed in – before eventually the man calmly walked away, hopping in a white Audi and driving off
Police have arrested the 46-year-old man, his white Audi has been towed and will be forensically examined
Three ambulances and the helicopter ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
Paramedics landed at nearby Dudley Page Reserve and assessed Ms Coulston, before she was rushed to hospital.
Police closed part of Weonga Rd and established a crime scene.
It’s understood the woman’s husband attended the property a short time later.
Police have arrested the 46-year-old man, his white Audi has been towed and will be forensically examined.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan said paramedics managed to stabilise the woman and she was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
‘This was a very traumatic scene to arrive at with a significant, life threatening stab wound,’ Mr Buchanan said.
‘Paramedics administered IV fluids, stemmed the bleeding and provided pain relief to stabilise the patient.
‘Stabbing wounds are generally confronting incidents and this patient has suffered a very serious injury.’