Qld police took over an hour to respond to fatal domestic incident

A COURT has heard that Cairns police took more than an hour to respond to a domestic incident that turned out to be fatal.

At a pre-inquest conference in Brisbane today, the tragic death of Elsie May Robertson, 39, was revealed.

On March 6, 2013 the aunt of Ms Roberston, who shared the home, phoned police at 9pm after her niece failed to respond to her calls  just moments after she heard fighting in the bedroom.


Officers arrived at the home at 10.20pm, discovering Ms Robertsons lifeless and battered body lying face down on the bed.

The operator who took the call and the two officers who attended the home were given managerial guidance for breaching operational procedures.

The man responsible for the death is serving an eight-year sentence for manslaughter.

The three-day inquest into how Ms Robertson died is due to start on October 21 in Cairns.