Aussie Police Rush to Scene of Killing, Find Dead Spider

Published: 27th November 2015 12:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2015 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

Fear-of-spiders
By PTI

SYDNEY: Piercing screaming and shouts of "I'm going to kill you" prompted Australian police to rush to a Sydney home at 2am, only to find an embarrassed man and a large spider.

New South Wales's police said officers raced to the apartment in the harbourside suburb of Wollstonecraft last Saturday after reports of a violent domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

Neighbours reported a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, you're dead! Die, Die" and sounds of furniture being tossed around.

"Numerous police cars responded to the address and began banging on the door," Harbourside Local Area Command said on their Facebook page.

A man aged in his 30s, out of breath and flushed, came to the door and was immediately asked where his wife or girlfriend was.

"Umm, I don't have one," he answered.

When police explained they had reports of a domestic and a woman screaming, he replied: "I don't know what you're talking about, I live alone".

Pressed about the threats to kill, the man became sheepish and even apologetic as it emerged what had caused the ruckus.

"It was a spider, a really big one!!," he said, admitting he was chasing the large arachnid around his apartment with a can of insect spray.

Asked about the woman screaming, he replied: "Yeah, sorry, that was me, I really hate spiders."

Authorities were not able to say what kind of spider was involved, beyond "a big one" and that it had met its end.

"I hate spiders with an absolute passion," said Inspector Dean Lindley who attended the scene.

"I don't get close enough to check out what kind of spider it is mate," he told 2UE radio on Friday.

Lindley said the apartment was "foggy" with pest spray when officers entered and it was "lucky he wasn't smoking as the whole unit would have gone up".

Australia is home to a startling number of the world's deadliest creatures, including snakes, spiders, jellyfish and octopuses.

Funnel-web spiders are particularly feared because their bite can be fatal, although there have been no deaths since an anti-venom was developed in the 1980s.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp