A man was charged with murder at Hornsby courthouse on Thursday afternoon for stabbing a man to death. The brutal stabbing took place at Hornsby, killing a man with a kitchen knife and leaving a woman seriously injured in front of shocked diners at a Korean restaurant.
The incident occurred in north Sydney on Wednesday. Both the victims were single parents on their first date.
Alexander Villaluna was accused of injuring his ex-partner and stabbing to death the man. According to SBS News, Villaluna will remain in custody.
Villaluna did not appeal for bail after being charged with the murder of Keith Collins, 53, and the attempted murder of 38-year-old Jovi Pilapil at the Hornsby restaurant.
Scared civilians ran from the Kang Nam BBQ restaurant in the Hornsby Westfield Shopping Centre as the couple was stabbed repeatedly. Pilapil is recovering in Royal North Shore Hospital after going through surgery.
She had taken out an apprehended violence order against Villaluna less than two months ago, says The Sydney Morning Herald. She filed the order after the breakdown of their relationship.
At about 9.30pm on Wednesday night, Villaluna had allegedly walked into the Hornsby restaurant. After grabbing a knife from the kitchen, he stabbed his ex-wife and then stabbed her date in front of diners.
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Pilapil ran away and took shelter in an upstairs shop. However, her date, Keith Collins, died at the scene from wounds to the neck and throat.
After the horrific attack, Villaluna, allegedly sat covered in blood beside a fountain and waited about five minutes for police. According to police, emergency services were called to Westfield Hornsby on Florence St, while reports of the alleged attack were made.
Villaluna didn’t apply for bail during a brief show at Hornsby Local Court late on Thursday. Sources said that he will remain behind bars until his case returns to court on May 26.