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Policeman stabbed by child rapist saved by man at pub

Heroic patrons came to the rescue of a wounded detective after the paedophile he was arresting stabbed him in the chest at a Sydney pub – as it’s revealed the child rapist never planned to make it out of the hotel alive.

Decorated Detective Sergeant John Breda, 45, suffered a number of internal injuries after Nick Newman, 33, knifed the loving father during Australia Day celebrations at Maroubra Junction Hotel. 

‘The police officer saw me through the window, through the door and screamed at me, ”come out, help me, I’ve been stabbed twice, put pressure on my wound’,” bystander Brett Douglas told 7 News. 

Footage shows Mr Douglas, wearing shorts and thongs, kneeling on the ground to help stem the bleeding of the detective at the busy hotel.  

Detective Sergeant John Breda, 45, called for help after he was stabbed twice by child rapist Nick Newman on Thursday at a Sydney pub (pictured bystanders coming to rescue)

Bystander Brett Douglas (pictured) applied pressure to Sergeant Breda's wounds while the attacker Nick Newman was in the beer garden cutting his own throat

Bystander Brett Douglas (pictured) applied pressure to Sergeant Breda’s wounds while the attacker Nick Newman was in the beer garden cutting his own throat

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed twice by Newman while he was trying to arrest him 

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed twice by Newman while he was trying to arrest him 

Police opened fire (pictured) at the paedophile, shooting their guns up to five times before Newman was shot dead in the Maroubra Junction Hotel

Police opened fire (pictured) at the paedophile, shooting their guns up to five times before Newman was shot dead in the Maroubra Junction Hotel

The routine arrest quickly turned fatal, with officers storming the pub as Newman cut his own throat with the knife.

‘He was lying on the ground and he was just covered in blood and had the knife underneath his throat and was just kinda, like not a hundred miles an hour, trying to dig it into his throat,’ Mr Douglas said. 

Witnesses heard someone shouting ‘shoot’ in Mandarin before Sgt Breda’s fellow officers opened fire, according to The Daily Telegraph.    

Newman (pictured) failed to appear in court of child sex offences two days earlier, with the paedophile wanting to end his life rather than spend time in jail

Newman (pictured) failed to appear in court of child sex offences two days earlier, with the paedophile wanting to end his life rather than spend time in jail

Police opened fire at the paedophile, shooting their guns up to five times before Newman was shot dead.  

‘One thing was clear, there was no way that guy was going to jail,’ a law enforcement source told the paper.

Confronting footage of the immediate aftermath reveals how the busy bar was sent into complete panic.

Customers can be seen rushing towards the beer garden where the officer laid, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

The attack launched crowds into full hysteria as some rushed towards the scene, while others evacuated the area. 

‘F*** me dead there’s a copper down mate,’ one man can be heard saying in the clip released by Nine News, with another adding, ‘he’s been shot’. 

Witness, Oliver Lynch (pictured), was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded

Witness, Oliver Lynch (pictured), was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded

An officer can be heard yelling ‘do not move’, while another firmly instructs onlookers to ‘call an ambulance’. 

Witness, Oliver Lynch, was enjoying a beer and a cigarette in the garden when the drama unfolded.

‘They were holding his stomach…rolling around. I was kind of in a small bit of shock,’ he said. 

‘I was looking at him and there was people bringing tissues, the people who worked in the hotel, they were really good. They were putting pressure on (the injuries).’

‘Before I even smoked my cigarette there was a fella stabbed, and before the cigarette was finished there was a fella shot as well.’

‘And then just like that, there was about a hundred cops storming the building.’ 

Detective Sergeant Breda remained in a serious condition in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following the Australia Day attack. 

The father-of-two underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, arrived to be by his bedside under police escort.  

Acting NSW Police Commissioner Dave Hudson visited Sgt Breda in hospital on Saturday and said he is in a ‘very serious but stable condition’. 

Newman reportedly failed to appear in court on Wednesday and police sent out a public appeal to find the man.

He was facing six counts of rape against a teenage girl, who Nine News understood he had also gotten pregnant.   

The loving father and decorated detective John Breda, 45, (left) is fighting for life in hospital after he was stabbed twice by wanted sex offender Nick Newman 

The devoted father and policeman (right) underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent's Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, (left) arrived to be by his bedside under police escort

The devoted father and policeman (right) underwent emergency surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital as his devastated wife, Kim, (left) arrived to be by his bedside under police escort

Photos show the devoted father spending time with his two children and wife as well as enjoying baking pastries in the kitchen (pictured)

Photos show the devoted father spending time with his two children and wife as well as enjoying baking pastries in the kitchen (pictured)

The veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad was awarded the police force's highest honour in 2015, the National Medal (pictured) by the Prime Minister

The veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad was awarded the police force’s highest honour in 2015, the National Medal (pictured) by the Prime Minister

‘Obviously we are not medical experts but we have spoken to them,’ he said.

‘They are comfortable with his progress so far however he is by no means out of danger.’ 

Sergeant Breda is a veteran of the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad has spent time in the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and was awarded one of the police force’s highest honours. 

In 2015, the 45-year-old was given the National Medal by the Prime Minister.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer as he is ‘very well regarded’.

‘We’re certainly very concerned about his condition and our thoughts are with him and his family,’ he said.   

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer (pictured with Kim) as he is 'very well regarded'  

Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said a lot of people were concerned about the senior officer (pictured with Kim) as he is ‘very well regarded’  

The hero detective was stabbed by Newman, who was then shot dead at a pub in Sydney

The hero detective was stabbed by Newman, who was then shot dead at a pub in Sydney

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed in the beer garden before two other police officers fatally shot Newman 'four or five' times, according to witnesses

Sergeant Breda (pictured) was stabbed in the beer garden before two other police officers fatally shot Newman ‘four or five’ times, according to witnesses



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