Man charged with murder of woman

A MAN has been charged with murdering a 35-year-old woman in the flood-ravaged town of Esk last week.

The woman’s body was discovered on Saturday morning, just days after the community rallied together to begin a mass clean-up of the town.

The gruesome discovery was made just after 4am on Saturday after residents raised concerns for her welfare.

Her body was found in a “pool of blood” at a home in Creek Street, Esk, about 60km north-west of Ipswich.

Police said the woman had “suffered significant wounds to her body” resulting in her death.

A Byron Bay resident was arrested at Brunswick Heads by officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command about 7.30am, only a few hours after the discovery of the woman’s body.

The man, 46, was taken to Byron Bay police station and questioned over the woman’s death before being charged with her murder on Saturday afternoon.

The man appeared in Lismore Bail Court yesterday morning and was refused bail.

Queensland police arrived in Byron Bay yesterday and will apply to have the man extradited to Queensland today for further questioning and court appearance.



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