Woman dead, boy arrested in Sydney’s south
“The screaming lasted for 20 or 30 seconds. It sounded like she was in a lot of pain,” Payton Wilson told the Herald outside the crime scene on Wednesday morning.
Ms Wilson said she didn’t think too much of it, because there were frequent bouts of screaming from the home that the teenager lived in with his long-term stepmother and father.
“The family were just like a normal family, they were really nice. They all got along,” she said.
Originally from Thailand, the 42-year-old has been in Australia with her long-term partner, a truck parts salesman, for over 10 years, where she had initially worked in aged care then went on to work in a Gymea bakery.
The couple lived in the brick home on the major road with the boy, who neighbours said “kept to himself” largely.
“They were really close though, [the mother and son],” Ms Wilson said. “They even looked a bit alike.”
For legal reasons, the family cannot be identified.
A friend of the woman, Em Levy, said that she had last seen her friend at a gathering of people from the Thai community on Sunday. “She was a very happy girl, very lovely,” said Ms Levy, breaking down in tears.
“I can’t believe it when I hear it.”
Sources close to the investigation said that the boy and the woman have had a difficult relationship, characterised by arguments and yelling. On Wednesday morning, the home remained cordoned off behind police tape as specialist forensic police worked to gather evidence.
At a press conference, Acting Superintendent Steven Worthington said police were investigating several lines of inquiry, including where in the house the woman was found and whether the woman’s husband and another child were at home at the time of the alleged stabbing.
with Jenny Noyes
Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.