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Man charged with woman's murder

Police and forensic teams at the house in Ballina on Johnson Dr where a woman died and a man was charged with murder.
Police and forensic teams at the house in Ballina on Johnson Dr where a woman died and a man was charged with murder. Marc Stapelberg

A BALLINA man will face court today charged with murdering a woman on the weekend.

At 1.30am on Saturday, police responded to a 000 call that a woman was injured in a house on Johnson Dr, West Ballina.

On arrival, police say they found an injured 29-year-old woman in the bedroom of the brick home.

Officers performed CPR on the woman for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and rushed her to Lismore Base Hospital, where she died a short time later.

A 26-year-old man, who police said was in a domestic relationship with the woman, was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballina Police Station where he was questioned about the alleged assault.

Several hours later, he was charged with one count of murder.

The man was refused bail yesterday and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Mick Dempsey said police did not believe there was anyone else home at the time.

He also confirmed police did not believe a weapon was involved and that police believed the couple were both residing at the house at the time.

The woman's body was taken to Newcastle for a post-mortem examination.

Police are awaiting the results before they confirm the cause of death and the extent of her injuries.

Blue and white police tape surrounded the scene of the alleged murder all weekend as forensic police officers gathered evidence from inside the home.

Motorists strained to get a glimpse of the police cars and taped-off premises, which fronts on to the Pacific Hwy and is adjacent to the popular tourist rest stop, McDonalds.

A long-term Johnson Dr resident said everyone was shocked by the alleged murder as it was usually a "quiet street".

The resident said she was worried about what would happen to the tight-knit community in the area and the sort of name her street would get.

She said the deceased was a quiet but nice girl.

Another resident from an adjacent street said there was often domestic violence and screaming heard from the Johnson Dr and Brampton Ave area.

There were often police cars in that area, the resident claimed.

"But we are not living in fear or anything," she said.

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