Murder suspect extradited from NSW

A MAN charged with murdering a 35-year-old woman at her home in Esk at the weekend will face Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Ronald Michael Craig made a brief appearance in Lismore Local Court yesterday morning where Queensland police officers applied to have him extradited to Queensland for trial.

The application was granted and the 46-year-old man, also a resident of Esk, had his case transferred to Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday morning.

Craig spent last night in the Ipswich Watchhouse and is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Police sources told The Queensland Times they will allege the man and his victim had lived together before she was killed.

Police will allege the woman, whose identity has not yet been formally released, died after being attacked with a knife.

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

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

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said Craig was arrested in Brunswick Heads after he phoned local police.

Somerset Regional Council mayor Graeme Lehmann said the murder has been a shock to the community on top of the trauma and tragedy of the floods.

“It's the last thing we'd have ever expected to hear about in our shire.

“It's usually a quiet place.

“The woman wasn't known to me personally but she was known in the community.”



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