Man charged with assault over young woman’s death

UPDATE At 11:30 AM on SUNDAY | A MAN has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after a young woman was found dead at a house in Far North Queensland.

The 22-year-old woman was found dead at a home in the small indigenous community of Mapoon, north of Aurukun, on Friday night.

At the time, police released a statement confirmed they were treating the woman’s death as suspicious.


A 38-year-old man known to the woman was arrested at the scene and spent Saturday in custody, being questioned by police.

In a new statement this morning, police confirmed the man had been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.

He is due to appear in Weipa Magistrates Court on Monday.

The circumstances surrounding the woman’s death remain a mystery. It is not yet known how she died.

Police say investigations into death are continuing.

FIRST at 1:30 PM on SATURDAY | A 22-YEAR-OLD woman has been found dead in suspicious circumstances in Far North Queensland.

Police were called to a house on Ndruili Street at Mapoon, north of Arukun, about 11pm last night.

They arrived to find the young woman deceased at the scene.

It is not known how the woman died though police have confirmed they are treating the death as suspicious.

A 38-year-old man is in custody, assisting police with their inquiries.

Mapoon is small indigenous community split between the Aboriginal Shire of Mapoon and the Shire of Cook in Queensland.

Ninety percent of the 263 people who live in the town are either of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

No charges have been laid.

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