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Murder charge after paramedic’s fatal stabbing

Paramedic, Steven Tougher, who was tragically stabbed to death on Friday

A MAN has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of Ambulance paramedic Steven Tougher at Campbelltown on Friday.

Police were called to a McDonald’s restaurant on Queen Street about 5.30am on Friday April 14, following reports a man had been stabbed.

Steven Tougher, a former Bulli High School student, was with a colleague when they stopped for a break at the fast food outlet when he was stabbed.

The 29-year-old man was treated at the scene and taken to Liverpool Hospital, where he later died.

A crime scene was established, which was forensically examined by specialist officers.

The State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and detectives from Campbelltown Police Area Command commenced an investigation into the incident under Strike Force Tarpaulin.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Campbelltown Police Station.

Homicide detectives have now charged the man with murder. He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Saturday April 15).

NSW Police have commended the actions of the emergency services and members of the public who rendered first aid and assistance at the scene.

NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan revealed Mr Tougher, who grew-up in Bulli and was recently married, had only lately joined the agency.

“I’m told that he was just so pleased that he was going to be able to stay here with his family, bring up his children and look forward to the area he lived in and loved more than anything,” he told reporters at a media conference on Friday.

Commissioner Morgan briefly spoke with the victim’s father, who, he said, revealed it was his son’s dream to work as a paramedic.

“This is a young man, who his father tells me, from the age of five years old, knew he wanted to be a NSW Ambulance paramedic,” Commissioner Morgan said.

“He wanted nothing more than to serve his community.”

With investigations under Strike Force Tarpaulin ongoing, anyone with information is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit Information is treated in strict confidence.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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