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Woman killed by boyfriend

Taken on approximately 10th September 2010. Sammi Hewitt (Muirhead) and Kuol Piom died in an apparent murder-suicide at Hobart.
Taken on approximately 10th September 2010. Sammi Hewitt (Muirhead) and Kuol Piom died in an apparent murder-suicide at Hobart.

AN IPSWICH woman was killed by her boyfriend in what police described as a tragic murder suicide.

Sammi Hewitt (nee Muirhead), 24, was found with multiple stab wounds at the rented house of her boyfriend Kuol Piom, 23, in Hobart, Tasmania.

Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury reported that Mr Piom took his own life after fatally stabbing Ms Hewitt on Monday.

Hobart police said they received information that the pair had been arguing on the weekend leading up to the tragedy.

Ms Hewitt was born in Toowoomba but attended high school at Ipswich State High and Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.

After finishing school she married and briefly moved to Scotland.

She returned to Ipswich but divorced about 12 months ago and moved to Tasmania to study journalism at the University of Tasmania, where she met Mr Piom.

Ms Hewitt was living in the Huon Valley, south-west of Hobart, with her mother.

Long-time friend Leo Perkins said Ms Hewitt was passionate about the Ipswich music scene when she lived here.

“I worked with her in an organisation called Ipswich Music, which promoted bands and music locally, and we developed a friendship through that,” Mr Perkins said.

“She was well known through music – she worked in Ipswich for a few years before she went to Glasgow for her modelling.”

Mr Perkins said he didn't know much about Mr Piom, except that he shared Ms Hewitt's love of music.

“My initial reaction to what happened was one of disbelief and a sense of loss – not for myself – but for the world,” he said.

“The world has lost a person who had a lot of potential.

“She was the sort of person where if you told her she couldn't do something, she would look at it as a challenge.

“She was an enigmatic personality – people were attracted to her.”

Ms Hewitt had aspirations of becoming a music journalist, but clips of her on You Tube show she had already starred in music film clips and several commercials.

Tributes flowed on Facebook yesterday, as news of her death spread.

Police investigating the murder-suicide said there were signs of a struggle in the house and Ms Hewitt had defensive wounds on her hands.

Investigators also found furniture had been used to barricade external doors.

Surrounding streets were cordoned off and detectives questioned neighbours and students staying at nearby Christ College campus.

Despite the horrible end, police said there was no evidence of violence in the relationship prior to the weekend.



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