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Woman charged with murder at Muswellbrook


A 52-year-old woman will appear before Newcastle Local Court on Thursday charged with murder, following the death of another at Muswellbrook last week.

About 7.20am on Monday 30 October, officers from Hunter Valley Police District were called to a unit on Sydney Street in relation to a welfare check.

There, they spoke to a female before leaving the property a short time later.

Then, officers were called to a licensed club also on Sydney Street about 7pm after reports of the same woman behaving in an erratic manner.

She was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

Soon after, she was escorted to Muswellbrook District Hospital before being conveyed to the Mater Hospital for assessment.

About 8.30pm, emergency services were again called to the same unit on Sydney Street, over concerns for another woman’s welfare.

On arrival, police entered the property and found the body of a 60-year-old.

A crime scene was established and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death began under Strike Force Llangollen, with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

On Wednesday 8 November, the 52-year-old was discharged and escorted to Waratah Police Station where she was charged with murder, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, and destroy or damage property.

She was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on 9 November.

A critical incident team from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District is investigating the circumstances surrounding the event, which will be subject to an independent review.

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