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Murder accused dies after Woonona nursing home death

IRT POpes Woonona

The Woonona nursing home where the 90-year-old man was murdered.

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a 90-year-old man at a Woonona nursing home, have been advised a man allegedly involved has died.

Detectives had been investigating the death of a patient after he was allegedly assaulted by a 70-year-old man at the Illawarra Retirement Trust nursing home on Tuesday November 27 2018.

A 90-year-old man suffered critical injuries in the assault and was unable to be revived. Both men were patients in the high-dependency dementia ward at the Popes Road nursing home.

Wollongong police together with the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, initiated an investigation into the death of the 90-year-old man; however, detectives have now been advised the 70-year-old man died in Shellharbour Hospital on Thursday December 27 2018.

A final report on the investigation into the death of the 90-year-old man will be made to the Coroner.


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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