April 12, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: The carnival at the Sydney Royal Easter Show | Source: Facebook
With the NSW government expecting the state’s largest agricultural show to draw crowds in the hundreds of thousands across its 12-day run, the event has had its first unrestricted event in three years disrupted by a fatal stabbing on Monday night and a child not strapped in for a carnival ride on Sunday.
The fatal violent incident occurred last night, with emergency services called to the event around 8pm. A 17-year-old boy died after being stabbed in the chest and stomach, while a 16-year-old boy is in hospital with stab wounds to the leg. A 15-year-old boy is in police custody over the fight.
Show organisers have closed the adult carnival part of the event today and have offered refunds to attendees who don’t want to choose a different day to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Organisers, the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of New South Wales, were quick to publicly acknowledge both the stabbing and the carnival ride incident.
“The RAS is shocked and saddened following the tragic loss of life on Monday night as a result of a fatal stabbing in the Adult Carnival, and our sympathies are extended to the family and loved ones of the deceased person.
“The RAS does not tolerate or condone any violence or anti-social behaviour and join with NSW Police and the wider community in condemning this appalling behaviour and unnecessary loss of life,” the RAS posted to social media just hours after the stabbing occurred.
A children’s ride has been shut down at the show and WorkSafe NSW are investigating after a child failed to be strapped in before the Free Fall ride began.
Comments on social media suggest it was onlookers who alerted the ride staff that one of the four children on the ride was not wearing a harness.
“The safety of patrons at the Show is paramount and we have shut down the kids’ Free Fall ride following a reported issue with a harness,” the RAS posted to its social media accounts on Sunday night.
“The safety systems of the ride functioned well to prevent any injury occurring and the ride will not operate again until a full investigation has been completed and the ride has been approved by specialist engineers.”