A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the stabbing death of a woman at a house on Sydney’s northern beaches earlier today.
Police were called to a home on Marine Parade, Avalon, at around 10.45am on Monday, following reports that a woman had been injured and arrived in the scene to find her dead.
The man charged with her murder was arrested a short time later in a nearby street. Police say the pair knew each other.
The house is owned by millionaire Australian actress and model Gemma Ward, and her husband photographer David Letts, who bought the 2-bedroom clifftop house in June last year and rented it out. Ward and her husband David Letts bought the rundown two-bedroom beach house last year for $1.6 million and have rented it out while living with his parents in Newport.
The pair paid the same amount for a house in Suffolk Park, just outside Byron Bay, last year and divide their time between the northern NSW holiday region and Sydney’s northern beaches, where Ward’s family live.
Ward told The Daily Telegraph that the death was “heartbreaking news”.
“My heart goes out to the family and all involved in this tragedy,” she said.
The man has been refused bail to appear before Manly Local Court tomorrow, 19 September.
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