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South Hedland: Woman recovering from stabbing and partner dead in confronting domestic violence attack

Shannon Hampton, Xander Sapsworth-Collis, Sam Jones and Phil HickeyThe West Australian
Mitchie Crescent South Hedland - Crime Scene
Camera IconMitchie Crescent South Hedland - Crime Scene Credit: Xander Sapsworth-Collis/North West Telegraph

A woman has been stabbed and her partner is dead in what is believed to be the latest in a string of horrific domestic violence incidents in WA.

The 41-year-old woman was rushed to Hedland Health Campus after suffering multiple stab wounds to her shoulders and arms at a property on Mitchie Crescent in South Hedland about 7.45am on Wednesday.

Her partner, a 45-year-old man, was found dead in the vicinity of a vacant lot at an abandoned church next door.

It is understood he took his own life in confronting circumstances which The West Australian has chosen not to publish.

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Police have confirmed his death is being treated as non-suspicious.

“Currently, detectives believe the man and woman are known to each other,” a spokesman said.

“There are no active concerns for the safety of the wider community.”

While the woman suffered horrific injuries it is believed they are not life-threatening.

Detectives from South Hedland are at the scene piecing together the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A tarp was covering the property on Wednesday morning, protecting the scene from view of the public.

A car was towed from the scene about 1.30pm before police started a search of an adjacent house.

Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter described the incident as “shocking”.

“While details are yet to be publicly confirmed by police, the information being reported is tragic and upsetting for our community,” he said.

“My thoughts are with those impacted, including emergency services personnel.

“It’s important to reinforce that there is a police investigation underway. I am appealing to the public to avoid speculating on the details to allow police to do their job.”

Detectives have called for anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The incident follows the deaths of two women — Georgia Lyall, 32, and Tiffany Woodley, 35 — allegedly at the hands of their ex-partners in less than a fortnight.

Ms Lyall was shot dead in her South Guildford home by her ex-partner Luke Noormets, who returned to his Innaloo unit, set it on fire and then took his own life late last month.

Ms Woodley was allegedly bashed to death by her former partner Peter Damjanovic at her Bedford home on August 7.

Mr Damjanovic is facing a charge of murder.

The tragedies sparked nationwide outrage and prompted WA’s domestic violence sector to call a crisis meeting with Premier Roger Cook — which is due to be held next week.

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Sabine Winton has also confirmed that she will attend.

Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing chief executive Alison Evans, who has led calls for the summit, has urged the Premier to invest more money in preventing violence in the home as well as in recovery and re-establishment.

Police statistics show that the number of family-related offences reported to police in WA soared by almost 35 per cent last year compared with the five-year average.

Dr Evans has previously described the issue as a “pandemic” in its proportions.

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