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Home and Away hero: Orpheus Pledger saves woman from a brutal Sydney attack

To keep it simple, I think I did what I'd hope most people would do in that situation.

By Alex Lilly
This Summer Bay hunk is a hero on and off the small screen.
Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger who plays Dr Mason Morgan on the show, has come forward about an incident that occured in April this year when he saw a suspicious looking man stalking a woman in inner-city Sydney at night.
"My gut instinct told me something was wrong," the 25 year-old actor told Sunrise this morning.
However things became more sinister when the man physically assaulted the woman, which is when Orpheus leaped into action.
"Out of nowhere made a run for her and assaulted her and decked her to the ground and in that moment all this adrenaline came in and I just kicked into action and I ran up to him and I was screaming and yelling at the top of my lungs, 'Stop, stop, stop' and I grabbed onto him and made sure that he got off her."

And the Home and Away, who admitted he'd never been in a situation like that, stayed humble and said he had a split decision to call the police or take matters into his own hands.
"To keep it simple, I think I did what I'd hope most people would do in that situation."
"The way I'd been brought up, my core beliefs, I just did what I thought was right. I didn't think of the consequences in the moment because all I saw was a person that was being threatened and I just needed to do what I could to help."
"I'd do it again, absolutely."
Orpheus as Dr Mason Morgan on Home and Away in 2017.
The perpetrator, whom The Daily Telegraph have identified as 28 year-old Justin Bird, is now facing 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with intent to rob. He was refused bail and will remain behind bars until his sentencing in August.
Orpheus came forward with his account of the event as a witness in court back in April, which is why he can only talk about the event now. He says that both the woman and her husband thanked him for his heroic efforts.
All we can say is wow, we need more people in the world like you, Orpheus.