THE partner of a woman who was fatally stabbed while pursuing people who had been egging their home has told how he tried in vain to resuscitate her.
A 14-year-old has been charged with manslaughter over the death of the woman, 40, who pursued a group of youths for egging her home in Tunbridge Cres, Lalor, in Melbourne's north, on Sunday night.
The man said that he, his partner and their 11-year-old daughter followed the group of eggers in their car. After they caught up with the group of five in nearby Curtin Ave, he chased a few of them.
He returned to his partner and found she had been stabbed and was on the ground, alive but bleeding. "She didn't say anything," he said.
He said he tried to resuscitate her and was not sure if she was still alive by the time paramedics arrived a little later. His daughter was with him when the ambulance arrived, the man said.
The couple have two other children, boys aged 17 and 15. Police arrested five people — four teenagers and a 20-year-old — in relation to the incident, which occurred about 8.15pm.
The 20-year-old and three teenagers were questioned and later released.
The man whose partner died said a number of homes in the area had been egged recently and he did not believe the attack on their house was personal.
Enver Mehmet, 21, who lived across the road from where the woman was stabbed, said the man and his daughter were screaming and crying beside the deceased woman. "He was soaked in blood," he said.
Mr Mehmet said a boy found hiding in the front yard of a home near the stabbing was grabbed by police. "He was vomiting — we didn't know if he was vomiting because he was drunk or because he was scared," Mr Mehmet said.