Casino stabbing murder

A WOMAN who lost both her legs due to complications from diabetes was found stabbed to death in the bedroom of her Casino home, soon after midnight on Friday.

Elizabeth Phillips, 36, was found dead in bed at her home in Albert Street.

The woman, who used a wheelchair after losing both her legs, had suffered numerous stab wounds.

She was a member of a well-known Githabul family.

Police conducted an extensive land and air search for her 19-year-old her nephew, Noel Gardiner, who was wanted for questioning in regard to her death.

He was found hiding in an abandoned house near Kyogle yesterday.

He has since been charged with her murder and will appear in Lismore Court today.

The woman's family has expressed anger that the crime scene had been left open to public view after the police removed a bedroom curtain during their investigation.

“Children have been looking in the window. There is blood every where,” the woman's uncle, Wayne Garner, said.

“They should have put something else up so people couldn't see in.”

Yesterday, through the shattered bedroom window at the front of the house, a pool of blood on cream carpet and a blood-smeared blanket were still clearly visible.

Mr Garner said Ms Phillips was kind-hearted, although sometimes her diabetes made her a little cranky.

The woman's aunty, Vicki Caldwell, said there had been too many deaths in the family recently. Ms Phillips was acousin of Robert Torrens, who also died on Saturday, and Aunty Phyllis Torrens, who died six weeks ago.

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