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Man charged with murder after allegedly killing ex's new partner with axe

Police took a 75-year-old man into custody and transported him to Fairfield Police Station. Courtesy: 9News

A 75-year-old man has been charged with murder after he allegedly hit another man with a car and struck him with an axe in a violent altercation in Sydney’s west.

Thanh Tran was arrested after allegedly killing his ex-wife’s new partner.

Officers found the 59-year-old alleged victim with a head wound on a street in Cabramatta west about 8.45pm on Thursday. He died at the scene.

Police allege Tran deliberately hit the younger man with a car before repeatedly striking him with an axe.

Police seized the axe and arrested the 75-year-old who was then taken to hospital for an unrelated medical condition.

The crime scene was “quite confronting” for police and others on the street, Acting Inspector Mitch Corfield said.

It was a violent attack Inspector Corfield told reporters on Friday.

A resident who witnessed the incident said he saw the alleged attacker try to run away, so he tackled him and called police.

He had an axe on his side … when I tackled him I saw the axe and I just threw it away the man told 2GB radio.

The 75-year-old was released from hospital and taken back to Liverpool police station where he was charged with murder.

He is behind bars tonight after appearing in court today.