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Girl may have witnessed mother’s

killing, as ex-partner charged

with murder

Fran Rimrod

April 21, 2011

Mother of seven killed in family home

An 11 witness may have the clues police need

Police believe an 11-year-old girl may have witnessed the brutal murder of a mother of seven, whose body was found in her Camillo house early this morning.

Police made the grim discovery of the 29-year-old woman’s body after being called to the Ypres Road home at 4.30am today.

The woman’s 42-year-old estranged partner, with whom she had a two-year-old child, was this afternoon charged with murder after he was found at the house when officers arrived.

Police on the scene outside the Camillo property where the body of a 29-year-old woman was found.Police on the scene outside the Camillo property where the body of a 29-year-old woman was found. Photo: Fran Rimrod

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Boult said five children were in the house at the time of the death.

Four of the woman’s son’s, aged two, four, six and seven, were asleep at the time, but the 11-year-old girl – who is not related to the woman – is understood to have been awake and is being treated as a key witness.

“Exactly what that child has observed we don’t know,” Detective Boult said. “The children are currently being spoken to, they are in the care of foster carers and (Department of Child Protection staff) also.

Police made the grim discovery of a 29-year-old woman's body after being called to the Ypres Road home at 4.30am.Police made the grim discovery of a 29-year-old woman’s body after being called to the Ypres Road home at 4.30am. Photo: Fran Rimrod

“Irrespective of whether these children have seen what has occurred, we have young children who have lost their mother, so that’s horrific.”

The woman has another two sons aged nine and 10 and an 11-year-old daughter, but they do not live at the house.

Detective Boult said the woman died after suffering upper body injuries, but would not go into detail. Her body was found on the floor of the property by police.

They were called to the scene by a friend of the man, who said he told her he had killed a woman.

Detective Boult said the man had recently moved in to a house just three doors down from his estranged partner’s property.

Neighbour Grace Cockie said the woman had said she had a volatile relationship with her former partner and she understood the ongoing arguments were the reason the two had split.

She also questioned whether police could have done more to protect the woman from her partner.

“They could have gotten him out of the area instead of having him two houses up living when he could have been watching her,” she said.

Detective Boult admitted it was not the first time officers had been called to a disturbance at the woman’s house.

Another neighbour told ABC Radio that the woman was a wonderful mother and had attended a local church group.

She said she was going along this morning to inform the parishioners, who would be “just devastated” at the news.

She was also concerned about what would happen to the children.

The charged man is due to appear in East Perth Magistrates Court on April 23.


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