A woman who is accused of deliberately running over her ex-boyfriend after a heated argument at his apartment building in Sydney’s inner west has been charged with murder.
A woman who police allege ran over her former lover and killed him after a heated argument was seen calmly walking past his mangled body as he lay helpless in an apartment tower’s car park in Sydney’s inner west.
Shocked witnesses tried to save well-liked Payman “Paul” Thagipur when he was allegedly hit by the Toyota Kluger that knocked over a bollard and pinned him against a brick wall in the car park of his apartment tower on Hill Rd in Wentworth Point on Saturday night but he died shortly afterwards.
Police arrested the driver of the Toyota, 44-year-old Jackline Musa, of Quakers Hill, and she was taken to Concord Hospital under guard for mandatory testing before being charged with murdering her ex-flame.
Police investigators are looking into whether a love triangle was behind the incident and said Musa had arrived at Mr Thagipur’s apartment when another woman was inside.
Witnesses said she stormed out from near the entrance of his apartment into the car park and he followed her down.
Disturbing mobile phone footage of the incident shows police crowding around Mr Thagipur and one yells “he’s still breathing” before another says “let’s get him out so we can get him in recovery position … let’s keep him on recovery position to keep his airway open”.
Resident Naaz Ali, who was a neighbour of Mr Thagipur’s, told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday she witnessed the incident from only metres away in the car park.
“I really didn’t think that I was going to see anything like that,” she said.
“For a moment I think I was just shocked, cold shocked, standing over here staring at that and the next thing I could think was just ‘run, get out of here’.
“We just took off and called the cops … I came back (and) the next thing you see is this girl calmly walking by the body … and the man’s body was just so badly mangled … I think I just lost my mind after that.”
Ms Ali said Musa, whose social media says she is from Juba in Sudan, looked angry before the alleged incident and had seen her and Mr Thagipur, who was well-liked in the local Iranian communty, in the car park area only moments before.
“I saw her stomping out to her car really angrily walking towards her car,” Ms Ali said.
“I just thought something must have happened and the next thing you see is this guy who walked out, his last words to me were ‘are you okay, what happened?’
“He just walked off and I heard the screech, turn around and … next thing he just died at the scene right here, all I heard her saying is that ‘this man just came in front of my car, I was driving he just came in front of my car’.
“I have never witnessed anything liked this.”
Ms Ali said Mr Thagipur had only recently moved into the unit block and had a little dog called Coco.
Musa was later taken to Auburn police station and charged with murder.
She appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday where her lawyer Ikbal Khan did not apply for bail and it was formally refused during a brief mention.
Musa will remain behind bars until her next court appearance on Thursday.
Police allege in court documents she murdered Mr Thagipur at 8.25pm before she was arrested by a highway patrol officer.
Mr Thagipur’s best friend Samuel Zizi said he had grown up in Iran before relocating to Australia in 2012 and worked hard as a painter.
He said Mr Thagipur did not talk about his ex-girlfriend Musa to him.
“He was a legend, he was affectionate, kind, a very nice person, he never annoyed anyone … he was my best friend, like my brother,” Mr Zizi said.
“He was the best person … (he would) open the door for anyone, he was a gentleman.
“He was hard working and caring about his family all the time … when we were sitting next together he was talking about his dad, his mum.”
Friends of Mr Thagipur said he had told them he was meeting a woman and would meet them later on Saturday night before the incident.
They grew worried this morning when he wouldn’t pick up his phone.
Police will allege Musa and Mr Thagipur were involved in a heated argument before she got in the vehicle and deliberately struck him.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Glynn said Musa and Mr Thagipur had been arguing.
“The entire incident was captured on CCTV and a number of witnesses who were in the apartment complex called triple-0 and rendered aid,” he said.
“There was no previous domestic violence incidents … between those two.
“It was a very traumatic incident for the witnesses who rendered first aid and particularly for the first response police and NSW Ambulance officers who assisted the male.
“The scene was obviously very chaotic and quite traumatic when police arrived … there’s
CCTV footage which captured the entire incident.”
A man and a woman at Musa’s Quakers Hill home – who told The News they were Ms Musa’s children – said they were unaware of the incident.
The pair said they did not hear from her since she left the Quakers Hill home on Saturday night and assumed she would be at work.
The man — who chose not to give his name — said he had never heard of his mother having a boyfriend and did not know the alleged victim.
“I didn’t even know she had a boyfriend… She often works night shifts so we thought she went there,” he added.
A neighbour at the scene said Ms Musa often kept to herself and did not talk to neighbours much.
“Sometimes I tried to say hello to her but she was quiet and liked to keep to herself.”