Man charged with woman's murder
A BALLINA man will face court today charged with murdering his girlfriend in a domestic fight at the weekend.
At 1.30am on Saturday, police responded to a 000 call that a woman was injured in a house on Johnson Dr in West Ballina.
On arrival, police 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 of the incident.
He also confirmed police did not believe a weapon was involved and that 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 the home.