Girlfriend charged with manslaughter over death of ‘fun, loving’ father

UPDATE at 5:00 PM | A WOMAN has been charged with manslaughter following the death of her “on and off” partner who died following an alleged domestic violence incident at his house in Sydney.

Griffith Caetano, 51, was found unconscious at his General Homes Drive property in Brighton Le Sands around 1.10am on Sunday.

Police made the discovery after they were called to the house following reports of a domestic violence incident.


Paramedics were called to treat Mr Caetano but sadly, despite their efforts, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

The panel beater’s daughter, Jessica, spoke to media on Sunday morning and described her father as a “fun, loving and caring” man.

Police have not yet revealed how the 51-year-old died, or if he was found with any injuries.

It’s understood Mr Caetano lived at the Brighton Le Sands property with his elderly parents who are believed to have been home when police were called.

A 31-year-old woman, described by Mr Caetano’s daughter as being his “on and off” girlfriend, was arrested at the scene.

She spent Sunday in police custody, being quizzed by detectives before she was formally charged with manslaughter (domestic violence related).

The 31-year-old has also been charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent – knowing people there, suggesting she had broken into Mr Caetano’s home.

She is due to appear in Sutherland Local Court tomorrow.

FIRST at 3:30 PM | A ‘FUN, loving and caring’ father has died following an alleged domestic violence-related incident at a home in Sydney’s east.

Griffith Caetano, 51, was found unconscious at a house on General Homes Drive in Brighton Le Sands around 1.10am on Sunday.

Paramedics tried reviving the 51-year-old panel beater but he could not be saved and sadly died at the scene.

Police said they made the discovery after being called to the house following an alleged domestic violence-related incident.

They have not revealed how Mr Caetano died or if he was found with any injuries.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested at the house and taken to Kogarah Police Station where she has spent the day being questioned by police.

She is believed to have been in a relationship with Mr Caetano.

Speaking to media on Sunday, Mr Caetano’s daughter, Jessica, remembered her father as a “fun, loving and caring” man.

She described the 31-year-old woman as her father’s “on and off” girlfriend who she said he had been seeing “for a while.

It’s understood Mr Caetano was living at the General Homes Drive property with his elderly parents and they were home at the time of the incident.

Neighbour Thomas Toawa told 9 News he heard a “distressed woman screaming” in the house shortly before police arrived.

The property was crawling with police and forensic officers on Sunday morning.

Officers from St George Police Area Command and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It’s the second alleged domestic violence related death in NSW since Friday.

A 56-year-old man is accused of killing a 46-year-old woman at a house on the state’s Mid North Coast on Friday night.

Police said officers found the woman’s body at the Argents Hill home after being sent to check on her welfare.

The 56-year-old man was due to appear in court today, charged with her murder.

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