Police renew appeal for information about death of Indian woman at Westmead

Police investigating the death of Indian IT professional Prabha Arun Kumar in Westmead at the weekend have released CCTV footage as part of their renewed appeal for information from the public.

About 9.30pm on Saturday (7 March 2015), emergency services responded to reports of a seriously injured woman on a public walkway between Argyle Street, Parramatta, and Amos Street, Westmead.

Ambulance Paramedics treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Westmead Hospital, where she died about 12.45am yesterday (Sunday 8 March 2015).
The woman has since been positively identified as Prabha Arun Kumar, a 41-year-old Indian national.

It’s believed Prabha got off a train at Parramatta Railway Station about 9pm, before walking along Argyle Street and turning left onto the walkway. Police believe she was attacked while on the walkway. She sustained a number of injuries, which it’s believed were inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon.

Strike Force Marcoala (pronounced mah-cola) has been formed to investigate the death. It compromises police from Parramatta Local Area Command and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad. Officers attached to Strike Force Marcoala have today (Monday 9 March 2015) renewed their appeal for information from the public about the incident.

As part of this appeal, they have released CCTV footage of Prabha on the night of the attack.

Prabha Arun Kumar

NSW Police Media Unit releases the CCTV picture of Prabha Arun Kumar just minutes before her murder

“We are hoping this will jog the memory of anyone who was in the vicinity of Argyle Street, Park Parade or Amos Street that evening, and encourage them to come forward and speak with police,” Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Willing, said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.

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