Melbourne: The assailant who stabbed a 48-year-old Indian Catholic priest at a church in Melbourne Sunday was arrested by the police. The culprit has been subjected to medical examination and will be produced before the court on June 30. Arrested man has been charged over the alleged violent stabbing of a priest during a Sunday mass in Fawkner, in Melbourne’s north.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that Australian Police have arrested the attacker of the Indian priest, who was stabbed in Melbourne, and charged him with attempt to murder.

“Our Consulate officials met Father Mathew in the hospital. The police have arrested the attacker and charged him with attempt to murder,” Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet on Monday.

“Our Consulate is in touch with the police authorities and will keep us informed of the progress of the case,” she tweeted.

Father Mathew, a Catholic priest from Kerala, was attacked by an Italian on Sunday when the former was leading the Sunday mass in a Melbourne church.

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Police said the 48-year-old priest, Father Tomy Mathew, arrived at the St Matthew’s Parish on William Street about 11am yesterday before the Italian mass

He was then approached by another man in the foyer of the church, who allegedly attacked him with a knife on the left side of his neck.

It’s believed the offender had previously taken issue with the priest’s Indian heritage and on Sunday accused him of being a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore unqualified to say mass.
He was then approached by another man in the foyer of the church, who allegedly attacked him with a knife on the left side of his neck.

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