Sister found dead in Bulli
A man is in a serious condition with a stab wound after he walked into a Sydney police station and alerted them to the death of his sister, whose body was found in a home south of Sydney on Friday.PT0M46S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-308u4 620 349 January 3, 2014
A seriously injured man, who walked into a Sydney police station on Friday, alerted police to the death of his sister whose body was then found in a house on NSW's south coast.
The 46-year-old man spoke to officers at Gladesville police station shortly after 5.30am.
He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with a stab wound to the chest, NSW Ambulance said.
The street in Bulli where a woman's body was found has been cordoned off. Photo: Kirk Gilmour
Police from Wollongong Local Area Command were alerted and found the body of the woman at the house in Hobart Street, Bulli, about 5.40am.
"Police were alerted to a possible murder about 5.30 this morning," Sergeant David Munro from Wollongong police station, said.
"We just got a call to say this person was at the address and apparently deceased."
A car has been covered with a blue tent outside Gladesville police station. Photo: Louise Hall
Sergeant Munro said he "would imagine" the woman was found with stab wounds but could not confirm this.
He said the pair were brother and sister.
The man is helping police with inquiries and is expected to be charged, Sergeant Munro said.
The Ford car had blood on the driver's seat. Photo: Louise Hall
A crime scene has been established at the Wollongong home and an investigation is now under way.
A second crime scene was established at Gladesville police station in Punt Road, which has been cordoned off.
Forensics services officers inspected a white Ford laser parked outside the police station and covered the car with a blue tent. The driver's seat appeared to have blood stains on it.
The man was in a serious but stable condition, a Royal North Shore Hospital spokeswoman said at 9am.
Wollongong police detective acting inspector Darren Kelly said later: "The male arrived in a vehicle which has since been in the process of being examined."
Inspector Kelly said the man was suffering from one stab wound when he arrived, believed to have been self inflicted.
He said the Bulli address was known to police.
The woman is yet to be formally identified.
Inspector Kelly said he could not confirm whether mental health issues were being considered in the investigation.
"As with any investigation we look at background in relation to people and their history," he said.
"At this stage I can’t say whether mental health was an issue but I’m sure it’s something we’ll consider."
A neighbour confirmed the brother and sister lived together.
"It's just a nice quiet street. It's a bit odd," she said.
Another neighbour, who did not want to be identified, told the Illawarra Mercury they didn't hear anything unusual on Thursday night.
They said the pair were well known in the neighbourhood. They were originally from the area, then moved away for several years before moving into the Hobart Street house about four years ago.
The neighbour said the brother and sister occasionally had their problems but were always polite and friendly to everyone else.
The neighbour said the woman was quirky "but harmless".
"She would come and knock on the door for a chat for no reason," the neighbour said.
"I don't know what it was but she’d walk down the street with you and she’d be talking normally and it was like she’d just go off on a tangent."
The neighbour said the woman and her brother lived in the house together.
"They seemed to get along," she said. "I thought he was looking after her."
The property where the woman’s body was found sits next to a horse paddock.
Neighbours said the animals were occasionally allowed to graze in the property’s backyard.
The neighbour said she had been in shock since learning of the woman’s death.
"I thought they were harmless," she said.
"I know they used to have a few drinks in the backyard all night some nights but they never bothered anybody."
The distance from Bulli to Gladesville is about 76 kilometres.
Strike Force Peel, comprising officers from Wollongong, Lake Illawarra and Ryde local area commands with the assistance of State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, has been established to investigate, police said.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
- with Dominic Geiger and Louise Hall