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Police charge man with murder following Woonona stabbing death

Nicholson Road Woonona Google

Nicholson Road, Woonona, where a man crashed into a guard rail after failing to stop for a random breath test. Picture: Google Streetview


A MAN has been charged with murder after a woman was allegedly stabbed to death on New Year’s Day at Woonona.

Just after midnight on Wednesday January 1, Wollongong police stopped a vehicle on Nicholson Road, Woonona, for a random breath test.

The vehicle drove off as police approached and collided with a guard rail a short distance later. The driver was arrested at the scene.

After speaking with the man, additional police went to a unit on Campbell Street, Woonona, where they found a 51-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds. She was unable to be revived and was declared dead.

Crime scenes were established at the crash site and the unit with both being forensically examined by specialist officers.

The man was taken to hospital under police guard after suffering minor injuries in the crash.

Wollongong detectives have established Strike Force Carrela to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. Following inquiries, a 56-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder. He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court tomorrow (Thursday).




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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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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