Scissors stabbing over parking spot
An argument over a parking space in Australia turned violent when a female motorist allegedly slapped a man in the face then stabbed him in the leg with a pair of scissors, police say.
The 21-year-old has been charged with predatory driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the confrontation in Lakemba, south-west Sydney, on Sunday afternoon.
Inspector Ben Hooper, the duty officer at the Campsie local area command, said the woman and a 26-year-old man had argued over who had the right to a parking space on Haldon Street in Lakemba just before 2.30pm.
A short time later the man was driving south along Croydon Street, which runs parallel to Haldon Street, when his car was allegedly bumped from behind by a white Honda Civic.
The man told police that the vehicle belonged to the same woman with whom he had argued a short time earlier.
The man said he followed the Civic to take down its registration number, but witnesses told police the Civic turned around and blocked his car, and the woman got out of her vehicle.
Police allege the woman slapped the man through the open window of his car before assaulting him with a pair of scissors.
"She allegedly punched him a couple of times while holding a pair scissors, which caused some superficial cuts," Inspector Hooper said.
Paramedics treated the man at the scene, but he was not taken to hospital.
Inspector Hooper said tempers had flared earlier over who should have got a public car space along the street. It was not clear who eventually took the spot.
"Situations such as parking spaces should not be causes for violence at all. We just need to be patient with each other on the roads and show some courtesy," he said.
A short time after the stabbing, police went to a house in Kennedy Street in Lakemba and arrested a 21-year-old woman.
She was charged and granted conditional bail to appear in Burwood Local Court on September 16.