'I’m really sorry, Helen': Man who brutally STABBED his best friend's wife reveals why he did it

Ramsay first plunged a 20cm knife into the chest of his friend's wife at the door of her home and continued to stab her a second time unsuccessfully

'I’m really sorry, Helen': Man who brutally STABBED his best friend's wife reveals why he did it
Matthew Ramsay (L) entered the Weonga Road home that his friends Walt (R) and Helen Coulston (M) shared, after not having seen her for several months (LinkedIn and YouTube/9 News Australia)
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WAVERLEY, SYDNEY: The former real estate executive accused of stabbing a family friend at her Dover Heights home last month said he was "sorry" before he stabbed her with a 20cm knife, a court has heard, according to Daily Mail. Matthew Brian Ramsay, of Bellevue Hill, entered the Weonga Road home that his friends Walt and Helen Coulston shared, after not having seen Helen for several months. “Hi Helen! I’m really sorry, Helen,” he allegedly told her before plunging a knife into the chest of his friend's wife at the door of her home. Ramsay then stabbed Helen in the upper chest and attempted unsuccessfully to do so a second time, police allege.

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A violent struggle ensued, wherein she managed to get out the front door and the knife was thrown onto the front lawn, the court heard. “I didn’t mean to hurt her, I only want to scare her,” he allegedly told police in a post-arrest interview captured on body-worn footage. The 46-year-old had ingested some 120mg of Valium prior to the alleged incident, the court was told. The therapeutic dose is 40mg. 

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Coulston was allegedly covered in blood and had her arm in a sling when she was wheeled out in an ambulance. She survived the incident and is recovering. Ramsay was arrested a short time later at the traffic lights on Campbell Parade in Bondi Beach. Footage from the arrest appears to show an officer pointing a gun at Ramsay while yelling at him to "get down on the ground." The court also heard the father-of-one has been struggling with "significant mental health issues" for years, with numerous past stays in rehabilitation.

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Defense lawyer Ben Clark said it was not uncommon for the court to see cases such as his client's, with long-standing drug and alcohol misuse to have unsuccessfully tried to undergo rehabilitation.
He proposed the secure rehabilitation facility Ramsay would be placed into was even more restrictive than jail given he could not make any phone calls unaccompanied by a counselor. He said Ramsay had self-medicated with Valium to withdraw from alcohol, a substance he has had a history of abusing. "This is effectively swapping one custodial environment for another," Clark said. 

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Hudson said there was some "absurdity" to Ramsay's behavior with "no rhyme or reason to what he did that day." There was no animosity between the pair, he noted. "Mental health may have played a significant role in what happened that day," he said. Hudson said the unpredictability of the behavior remained a concern, but the inexplicability of the incident was connected to alcoholism and underlying depression. The magistrate granted bail saying he believed the tight restrictions could mitigate any risk to the community or alleged victim. He ordered Ramsay not to enter the eastern suburbs unless attending court, and to not contact Helen Coulston or her husband Walt.

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Ramsay’s LinkedIn profile lists him as a developments partner at property services firm Stanton Hillier Parker, and he formerly held executive roles at Ray White Commercial and CBRE Asia Pacific. However, a spokesman for Stanton Hillier Parker confirmed Ramsay has not worked at the business for over a year. 

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