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Murder accused called 000: police

Police and forensic teams at the house in Johnson Dr, Ballina, where a 29-year-old woman died on the weekend. Her 26-year-old boyfriend has been charged with her murder.
Police and forensic teams at the house in Johnson Dr, Ballina, where a 29-year-old woman died on the weekend. Her 26-year-old boyfriend has been charged with her murder.

THE mother of the man accused of killing a woman during a domestic dispute in Ballina on the weekend was murdered in Alstonville three years ago.

Jermaine Bolt was arrested by police on Saturday after emergency services were called to a home on Johnson Dr, West Ballina, at 1.30am.

When officers arrived, they found Tanya Murray, 29, injured in the bedroom of the house.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where she later died.

Bolt was charged with murder several hours later.

The Northern Star has learnt that in March 2008, Bolt's mother Lorraine Bolt was murdered by her then boyfriend Donald Paul Yuke in Alstonville.

Police found Ms Bolt with a single stab wound to her chest in her Alstonville home.

Early in the investigation, Yuke claimed Ms Bolt had accidentally stabbed herself.

In July last year, Yuke was found guilty of the murder in Lismore Supreme Court.

A little more than a year on and it was Ms Bolt's 26-year-old son occupying the dock.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe said yesterday police believed it was Bolt who called 000 on Saturday morning to report his girlfriend was injured.

"She was suffering from multiple injuries. Some of those were significant in nature," Det Insp Kehoe said.

"It does appear they were blunt force injuries."

Det Act Insp Kehoe said police carried out CPR on Ms Murray until paramedics arrived, but she died later in Lismore Base Hospital.

Police were waiting on the results of a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death.

It was understood Ms Murray moved to Ballina from Armidale recently and was living in the Johnson Dr home with Bolt.

Bolt fronted Lismore Local Court yesterday where his family members yelled out "I love you" from the public gallery as he was led away by the court sheriffs.

He did not apply for bail and the matter was adjourned to December 6.

Topics:  lismore base hospital murder west ballina



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