Man charged with murder after Qld woman allegedly stabbed in front of children

A man has now been charged with the murder of Central Queensland woman Karen Gilliland, who was allegedly stabbed to death in front of her two young children.

The 42-year-old Rockhampton nurse died at her home at The Range around 6.30pm on Tuesday after allegedly being stabbed with a “sharp-edged object”.

A 45-year-old man fled the scene and was taken into custody nearby about two hours later with what police say were self-inflicted wounds.


He was transported to Rockhampton Hospital in a serious condition, where he underwent surgery yesterday.

Following ongoing investigations, detectives have since charged the man, believed to be the woman’s estranged husband, with one count each of murder (domestic violence offence) and enter with intent.

He is expected to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, police described the stabbing death of Ms Gilliland as “horrific” and “one of the worst things” they have ever seen.

“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.

The woman’s three children, two of whom were allegedly home at the time of the attack, are now in the care of their grandfather.

“It’s an absolutely tragic event… three children have lost their mother, a mother and father have lost their daughter,” Detective Inspector Peachey said.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments