Man stabbed while trying to defend a friend

Ben Apikotoa (pictured) was stabbed several times on Saturday night after being called by his friend to a home in western Sydney.

In the picture: A 34-year-old man, who was stabbed while trying to defend a friend of his former partner during a frantic attack, is described as "kind, caring and affectionate" by his family.

  • Nathan Chatimba allegedly stabbed Ben Apikotoa after an argument in St Clair
  • It is believed that he was called to the property to protect his friend Cassie Sanders
  • Ben Apikotoa has been described as "kind, caring and affectionate" for their loved ones

Greta Levy for Daily Mail Australia

A man who died while trying to defend a friend of his former partner has been described as "kind, caring and affectionate" by his bereaved family.

Ben Apikotoa was stabbed several times on Saturday night after being called to a house in west Sydney by his friend Cassie Sanders, who had allegedly been attacked by her ex-boyfriend Nathan Chatimba.

Chatimba, 31, was accused of murdering the 34-year-old man during a fight between two men in a dead end street in St Clair.

Ben Apikotoa (pictured) was stabbed several times on Saturday night after being called by his friend to a home in western Sydney.

Ben Apikotoa (pictured) was stabbed several times on Saturday night after being called by his friend to a home in western Sydney.

Nathan Chatimba, 31, is accused of murdering 34-year-old victim Ben Apikotoa on a property in St Clair on Saturday night.

Nathan Chatimba, 31, is accused of murdering 34-year-old victim Ben Apikotoa on a property in St Clair on Saturday night.

Nathan Chatimba, 31, is accused of murdering 34-year-old victim Ben Apikotoa on a property in St Clair on Saturday night.

The police claim that Ben responded to the distress call after Mrs. Sanders' mother was attacked in the house.

A neighbor told Seven News that he saw men throw punches before Chatimba allegedly took out a knife.

Residents say the 31-year-old fled the scene before being arrested by police two hours later. He will face the court in October.

Chatimba looked distressed when he was arrested by the police.

The paramedics arrived at the house at 6.40 p.m. Despite the efforts of the paramedics, Ben died on the scene.

Cassie Sanders, (pictured left) was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Nathan Chatimba (right) before the 34-year-old man was stabbed several times in the chest

Cassie Sanders, (pictured left) was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Nathan Chatimba (right) before the 34-year-old man was stabbed several times in the chest

Cassie Sanders, (pictured left) was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Nathan Chatimba (right) before the 34-year-old man was stabbed several times in the chest

Police claim that Ben Apikotoa responded to the distress call after Cassie Sanders' mother was attacked at home

Police claim that Ben Apikotoa responded to the distress call after Cassie Sanders' mother was attacked at home

Police claim that Ben Apikotoa responded to the distress call after Cassie Sanders' mother was attacked at home

A neighbor told Seven News that he saw men throw punches before Chatimba allegedly took out a knife

A neighbor told Seven News that he saw men throw punches before Chatimba allegedly took out a knife

A neighbor told Seven News that he saw men throw punches before Chatimba allegedly took out a knife

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