Casino woman found stabbed to death

ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, 36, was found dead in bed at her home in Albert Street, Casino, soon after midnight on Saturday.

The woman, who used a wheelchair after losing both her legs due to complications from diabetes, had suffered stab wounds.

She was a member of a well-known Githabul family.

Police conducted an extensive land and air search for her 19-year-old her nephew, Noel Gardiner, who was wanted for questioning in regard to her death.

He was found hiding in an abandoned house near Kyogle yesterday. He has since been charged with her murder and will appear in Lismore Court today.

The woman's family has expressed anger that the crime scene had been left open to public view after the police removed a bedroom curtain during their investigation.

“Children have been looking in the window. There is blood everywhere,” the woman's uncle Wayne Garner said. “They should have put something else up so people couldn't see in.”

Yesterday, through the shattered bedroom window at the front of the house a pool of blood on cream carpet and a blood smeared blanket were still clearly visible. Mr Garner said Ms Phillips was kind hearted although sometimes her diabetes made her a little cranky.

The woman's aunty, Vicki Caldwell said there had been too many deaths in the family recently.

Ms Phillips was cousin to Robert Torrens, who also died on Saturday, and Aunty Phyllis Torrens , who died six weeks ago.

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