Horror week of domestic violence in NSW

A stabbing, two hammer attacks and a strangling have made it a horror week of domestic violence in NSW.

The week, in which three people died, culminated in the stabbing death of a 30-year-old woman in Sydney's west in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Campsie property, where a woman was beaten brutally with a hammer and knife. Photo: Luke Costin

The Campsie property, where a woman was beaten brutally with a hammer and knife. Photo: Luke Costin

The woman was found inside a home in Whalan with a stab wound to her torso. Despite the efforts of emergency services, she died at the scene.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder and contravening an apprehended domestic violence order.

He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Sunday October 1).

On Tuesday evening, 35-year-old Blair Dalton was critically injured in the Ettalong Beach home she shared with her young children.

Police were called to the property, where Ms Dalton was allegedly strangled and suffocated by her former partner Lance Pearce, 34.

Lance Pearce was charged with the attempted murder of his former partner Blair Dalton at Ettalong Beach on September 26. Photo: Facebook

Lance Pearce was charged with the attempted murder of his former partner Blair Dalton at Ettalong Beach on September 26. Photo: Facebook

He was later arrested and charged with attempting to strangle or suffocate a person with intent to murder.

After Mr Pearce appeared at Gosford Local Court on Wednesday police said his charges would be upgraded to murder when he reappeared in court in November.

However, on Saturday Mr Pearce was found dead in his prison cell, understood to have died by suicide.

Lance Pearce was found dead in his cell on Saturday.  Photo: Facebook

Lance Pearce was found dead in his cell on Saturday. Photo: Facebook

Murder charges were also laid over the death of an 87-year-old man, who was allegedly attacked with a hammer and a knife during a domestic assault at a home in Sydney's south-west on Friday morning.

The 39-year-old alleged perpetrator, believed to be the man's son, was charged with murder and was due to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

It was the second hammer and knife attack to occur in as many days.

On Thursday, a 34-year-old Campsie woman was left "unrecognisable", when she was allegedly attacked by her 51-year-old partner Qingming Song, who has been charged with attempted murder.

The woman remains in hospital, fighting for her life with critical head injuries.

Jenna Price, one of the administrators of feminist movement Destroy the Joint, said the horror week of family violence brought this year's grim tally of "dead women" to 38.

The deaths are tragic and terrible ... and around 80 per cent are instances of family violence.

Jenna Price

Counting Dead Women Australia is an ongoing research arm of Destroy the Joint, which monitors the number of women who have lost their lives to violence.

"The deaths are tragic and terrible ... and around 80 per cent are instances of family violence," Ms Price said.

"I would say we have serious problems with a [lack of] funding ... the federal government has not funded community legal centres to the extent they need to be."

She said until such shortcomings were addressed, "we are going to see a lot of death, and a lot of what is never counted in the media, and that is the huge number of non-fatal injuries [through family violence] which impact daily lives".

  • Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63.
  • 1800-RESPECT 1800 737 732

Sydney Morning Herald