A 40-year-old man in Australia was fatally stabbed and his 19-year-old son was left fighting for his life after they got into a physical altercation with a few men over unpaid rent, a stolen PlayStation and a cat.

The fight took place Wednesday at a reserve at Catlin Close, Whalan, in Sydney’s west at around 7:30 p.m. ET. The deceased person was stabbed in the neck during the altercation and he died at the scene, 7 News.com.au reported.

The young man suffered a stab wound to his chest and was declared to be in an induced coma. His 23-year-old uncle was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to his arm. He is currently declared stable.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Tickner told Newschant that the trio clashed with a group of about six to eight people. The struggle began one-on-one but soon escalated. "The two parties involved used to live together and there’s been a bit of a falling out over the last few days," Tickner told the outlet.

"As a result of that, some property was taken from the unit where they were living at Kingswood and on social media, they’d been having a bit of a go at each other and arranged to have a fight last night."

Tickner dubbed the stabbing a "senseless act," 7 News reported. "It’s trivial," he was quoted by the publication, as saying.

Police believe the property stolen was a gaming console and a cat. "It’s escalated to a point where it’s just ridiculous that a person’s lost their life, two people are in hospital - one’s still fighting for their life - over a dispute over not paying rent and some property that was taken in retribution for it," Tickner was quoted, as saying.

After the men were stabbed, a man from the victim's party allegedly tried to run over a few offenders with a utility vehicle, which toppled during the attempt. The driver and two females who had been in the vehicle were injured. The knife with which the three people were stabbed wasn't recovered.

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