Domestic violence link in GC murder-suicide

From the outside, Gold Coast couple David Lee and Melanie Horner appeared to be loved-up and happy.

However details of their tumultuous relationship are beginning to surface after they were found dead by a friend at Mr Lee’s Burleigh Waters home late Monday afternoon.

Police yesterday released a statement saying Melanie’s death was being treated as suspicious, but David’s death was non-suspicious.


It’s believed David, 46, killed Melanie, 36, before hanging himself inside the home.

PHOTO: Melinda Horner and Dave / Facebook

PHOTO: Melinda Horner and Dave / Facebook

If so, her death will be the third domestic violence related murder on the Gold Coast in less than two months.

Friends of the couple have started breaking their silence, revealing the pair had a “volatile” relationship.

Police investigations are still underway as they try to piece together the circumstances of the tragedy for the Coroner.


To report or seek advice on domestic violence, contact 1800 RESPECT or DV CONNECT ON 1800 811 811. If you need HELP, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.