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Police investigate suspected murder in Calwell

ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old man with murder following an incident in Calwell on Saturday afternoon in which a 28-year-old woman was killed.

He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday morning after police found the woman lying on the laundry floor at the rear of the Duggan Street apartment with a severe head trauma.

An axe was lying next to her.

Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location, and discovered someone had forced their way into the apartment. 

A crime scene was established at the location and a homicide investigation was immediately launched.

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The alleged offender was taken into custody by police and put in the ACT Watch House. AFP forensics crime scene investigators did a thorough examination of the crime scene, removing a number of items as evidence.

On Saturday night it was reported a man was assisting police with enquiries after a woman was found dead in a Calwell house on Saturday afternoon.

It is unclear what the relationship is between the man and woman, or if either was a resident at the property.

At that time police had not released the age of the woman or any other details about her, or the cause of her death. 

Police cordoned off an area in the complex with 10 townhouses, and forensics and criminal investigation teams were expected to stay at the scene throughout the night.

A group of people who appeared distressed were escorted into the complex by police.

Cars were parked on the verge of either side of the street but Sergeant Jason Kennedy said the restrictions in the area shouldn't cause inconvenience to residents. 

"The residents here are safe to be in their homes,"  he said.

"A male is in police custody and he is currently assisting police with their inquiries at the city watch house." 

A 68-year old man who lives across the road from the scene said he hadn't noticed anything other than hearing sirens before an ambulance and police cars arrived at the driveway.

"I didn't think it was anything but we came out and there are cop cars everywhere," he said.

"I know the guy in the second house down there, I used to work with him." 

He said that it was out of character for the area. There had been parties in the past, but nothing untoward. 

"The worst thing in this area is people using the street as a racetrack," he said. 

Donna Cassidy has lived in the complex adjoining the crime scene for more than 15 years.

She said there was nothing but a grass commons area between her home and the area where the incident occurred. 

"When it's happening in your own backyard it's all a bit bewildering," Mrs Cassidy said. "I dont know much, like everyone else, but we are just shocked. I've seen the family and relations ... she said it was her niece."

A woman who lives opposite the complex, toward Outtrim Avenue, said she heard ambulances and saw police paddy wagons arrive and she rushed out to the street with her next door neighbour.

Police are urging anyone with further information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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