A senior detective has described the stabbing death of a Queensland woman in front of her two young children as “horrific” and “one of the worst things” police in Rockhampton have ever seen.
Emergency crews were called to a home on Brae Street at The Range around 6.30pm on Tuesday, following reports a woman had received multiple stab wounds.
Paramedics performed CPR on the 42-year-old, however despite their desperate attempts to save her, she died a short time later.
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According to police, the woman was allegedly stabbed with a “sharp-edged object”, which was later found at the home.
A 45-year-old man, who is known to the woman but did not live at the house where the attack occurred, was taken into custody nearby about two hours later with what is believed to be self-inflicted wounds.
He was transported to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition, where he remains under police guard with detectives waiting to speak with him.
Acting Detective Inspector Luke Peachey said the scene first responders were presented with was “quite horrific”.
“This is one of the worst things we’ve seen. It’s something we don’t often see here and we’ll throw every resource available into this investigation,” Detective Inspector Peachey said.
He said the woman’s three children, two of whom were home at the time of the alleged attack, were now in the care of their grandfather.
“It’s a horrific scene for all included, especially those children to see that happen before their mother, obviously they’re very shaken up” he said.
“It’s an absolutely tragic event… three children have lost their mother, a mother and father have lost their daughter.”
Investigations are continuing.
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