Yamba mother?s body dumped in wheelie bin
By ADRIAN MILLER
A MAN has been charged with the murder of his mother at Yamba on Friday night.
Police said the Yamba woman's body was found in a wheelie bin near her home.
Police said the woman, 51, had been stabbed in the chest a number of times in her unit in Ager Street, Yamba.
A 30-year-old man was taken by police to the Yamba Police Station, where he was charged with murder.
Joshua Francis Green appeared before the Grafton Bail Court on Saturday, where he was refused bail and remanded in custody.
Police told the court the man, unemployed, from New Zealand, suffers from mental illness. In a statement to the court, police said Green, who suffered from schizophrenia and was on prescribed medication, had been living with his mother in a two-bedroom ground floor unit, one of four in the block.
Police were quickly on the scene after being told there was concern for the woman's safety.
Soon after, Yamba ambulance officers were called in and pronounced the woman dead at 8.48pm.
Up to 15 police officers, including detectives and crime scene officers from Coffs Harbour, along with officers from Yamba and Grafton, established a crime scene around the block of units.
Police said the woman's body was taken to Newcastle for examination by forensic pathologists.
Ager Street residents were interviewed by police at the weekend as part of the crime investigation.
THE mother and son had only recently moved to the area and were not well-known, Ager Street residents told The Daily Examiner yesterday.
Leigh Johnson, who lives diagonally across from the unit, said the mother kept to herself most of the time and was rarely seen outside her home.
He said he saw the pair walking down Ager Street about 2.30pm on Friday ? the only time he had seen them together outside the unit.
Mr Johnson said he would say hello to the woman.
"I said g'day to her whenever I saw her and she would say g'day back, but the conversation never got past that," he said.
"She seemed fine, but they kept very much kept to themselves."
He said the son could always be seen sitting on the verandah with a cigarette, cup of coffee and reading the newspaper.
"I tried saying hello to him a couple of times but he never responded," he said.
Another Ager Street resident said no-one knew who they were or where they came from.
"I only saw her once or twice, and when they first moved in, I didn't really know she lived there," he said.
Another resident said he saw the son quite often, but never the mum.
"I only noticed them since I've been on holidays ? so about four weeks ago ? and I couldn't really even remember what she looked like," he said.
"But he would sit there on the verandah from daylight to dusk drinking tea or coffee just watching everyone."