Alcohol and a moment of rage transformed an otherwise ordinary day for Fady Taiba and James Ian Longworth
Two men get up for work on a Friday
morning. They are completely unaware they will meet later that
night and both of their lives will change forever.
Fady Taiba, a 43-year-old father of four, quietly slipped out of
bed at his Camden home at 5.10 in the morning and drove his car to
Campbelltown railway station. By 7.20am he was getting off the
train at St Leonards ready to start work at Royal North Shore
Hospital as a training and risk officer.
Ten minutes and another lifetime away, James Ian Longworth was
preparing for the short commute into the CBD from his mother's
comfortable Middle Cove home. The 32-year-old banker had only
recently returned to Sydney after six years in London.
Both men were used to family sacrifice.
Mr Taiba had been working two jobs for 23 years so that his family
did not miss out.
This was a big weekend. His 17-year-old son Adam was about to
travel to Adelaide for a national swimming championship and
13-year-old Noah was due to perform live on The X Factor as a
backup dancer on Sunday.
Longworth was building on a promising finance degree and had
secured UK residency when tragedy struck. After his father Ian died
he chose to
return home to be with his mother and took a job in the market
support division of UBS investment bank.
Two men whose lives were worlds apart but would tragically collide
For Mr Taiba, it was a typical day spent training people on how to
take care of themselves and deal with unexpected situations. At 4pm
he finished, took a quick shower and changed into his black
security uniform before catching the train across the Harbour
Bridge to Wynyard.
At 4.40pm he had time to duck into Hungry Jacks for his favourite,
a vegie burger, before putting on his identity tag and stepping up
to the door of Bar 333 on George Street.
"I spent years as a bouncer in King's Cross and Scruffy Murphys
before I started here. It was good because these were all nice
people, business people, well dressed and in suits," he said.
At 5pm he was in position, alone on the door and already thinking
about the night bus home, a few hours sleep and turning out for his
cricket team in the morning.
Longworth had spent the day working in the city. He had landed a
short-term, two-week contract position assisting UBS with
processing volumes of paperwork in the back office.
By 6pm he had finished and, dressed in the bankers' uniform of
black suit and pale blue shirt, he piled out of the bank's Chifley
Tower office and joined three colleagues, two men and a woman, for
a Friday night drink.
They joined hundreds of CBD workers at bars along the George
Street strip, from the Queen Victoria Building up to The
The two unconnected men's lives were now on a collision
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