A real estate agent whose wife is expecting their first child has been stabbed to death outside his real estate business in Sydney’s west.
Police said another man had been charged over the attack on 48-year-old Vissa Esan in Pendle Hill about 7.45am on Thursday.
Mr Esan, who owns Aussie Unity Real Estate on Pendle Way, arrived at work early on Thursday morning and was believed to be putting out the garbage in an alley that runs alongside his office when he was attacked
Workers at a nearby business are believed to have tried to revive Mr Esan, while another witness ran into a nearby supermarket saying a man had been stabbed and asking staff to call triple-0.
Police said they arrived to find a man suffering a wound to his chest.
He was taken to Westmead Hospital where he died, police said.
Mr Esan, a Sri Lankan-born businessmen, migrated to Australia about 20 years ago and lived in Kellyville with his pregnant wife.
Police said officers patrolling in Pendle Hill arrested a 34-year-old man on Hallmark Street in Pendle Hill a short time after the stabbing.
He was taken to Merrylands Police Station and charged with murder on Thursday evening.
He was refused bail and will appear in Fairfield Local Court on Friday.
Acting Superintendent Ian Casha said nobody else was being sought over the attack, and would not comment on speculation the pair were business rivals.
‘‘We don’t have any motive at this stage,’’ he said.
Mr Esan’s distraught colleagues and shocked business owners gathered on Pendle Way on Thursday morning, while forensic police examined the area.
A worker at a shop on Pendle Way said there was a large police presence on the street following the stabbing.
She said she did not hear or see anything at the time of the stabbing, but a customer had told her that the victim worked as a real estate agent at a neighbouring business.
Aussie Unity Real Estate has been contacted for comment.
Detectives from Holroyd Local Area Command, with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, are continuing their investigations into the incident.