Stephen Chapman

Photo of Stephen Chapman, a middle-aged man in a dress shirt and tie, wearing glasses. His fair skin is slightly wrinkled; his cheeks are round, and he has a small double-chin. His brown hair is cut short and neatly combed.Name: Stephen Chapman.
Died: October 2, 2016.
Age at death: 56.
Cause of death: Stab wound.
Location: Moorebank, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Stephen lived with his 22-year-old son, who also had Asperger syndrome. Stephen and his son were arguing about his son’s playing too many video games. Stephen, annoyed, was telling his son that if he kept on playing so many games, he could find somewhere else to rent and move out.

This was a typical argument between the two of them, but this time, when Stephen turned off the modem and started unplugging his son’s computer, his son picked up a knife and stabbed him in the back.

After stabbing his father, Stephen’s son realized what he had done and told his mother that he had just stabbed his father.

Stephen, who was still alive, might have survived the injury at this point. However, when his mother went to call emergency services, she called 999 instead of 000, a mistake she made because she had moved from the UK and didn’t know that the number was different. Unable to get through, she sent Stephen’s son to the neighbor’s to have them call for help.

However, Stephen’s son, instead of reporting the incident as a serious stab wound, told emergency services that Stephen had cut his hands up smashing his computer. Because the paramedics categorized this as a low-priority call, they were delayed by half an hour. Stephen died from blood loss on the way to the hospital.

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