Police tape surrounding the house at Hillcrest Avenue, Goonellabah.
Police tape surrounding the house at Hillcrest Avenue, Goonellabah. The Northern Star / Jacklyn Wagner

87-year-old man charged over woman's murder

POLICE tape looked out of place strung across the freshly-cut lawn at a blonde brick home on the leafy Hillcrest Avenue in Goonellabah yesterday.

Yet the cordon marked the scene of a killing police suspect was committed within the walls of the ordinary suburban home.

An 87-year-old man is due to face Lismore Local Court this morning, charged with the murder of an 86-year-old woman.

Last night police would not confirm whether the elderly man and his alleged victim were a couple. However, a neighbour said the pair were just a 'regular and quiet couple'.

The neighbour said the deceased woman was 'a frail woman, but often out doing the gardening'.

He said the woman had lived in the house for at least nine years.

Police revealed a 000 emergency call was made from the Hillcrest Avenue house about 11am yesterday. However, they would not confirm who made the call.

Police immediately attended the residence.

Acting crime manager Detective Sergeant Stephen Clark said the woman was dead when police arrived.

Det Sgt Clark would not comment on the cause of death, except to reveal the victim had suffered some injuries.

The 87-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore police station, where he was questioned before being formally charged.

He was refused bail and remained in police custody overnight.

Yesterday afternoon all drapes were pulled across at the home and a lone police officer sat at an outdoor setting as a forensic team carried out investigations.

Curious drivers slowed down as they passed the scene, a neat suburban home with daisies in full bloom.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out today to determine the cause of the woman's death.



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