Police charge woman over 2001 murder of Irene Jones

Unsolved Homicide Unit detectives have charged a woman over the alleged murder of a South Western Sydney woman nearly 18 years ago.

Emergency services were called to a home on Huntingdale Avenue, Lansvale, about 9.45pm on Friday 2 November 2001, following reports of an aggravated break and enter.

A woman, then aged 27, attended a neighbour’s property and contacted police.

Officers attended and located the body of 56-year-old Irene Jones, who was known to the younger woman.

A post mortem examination found Irene died from strangulation and a stab wound to the neck.

Local police and Homicide Squad detectives conducted numerous inquiries at the time, however, no one was charged over her murder.

Following a 2007 Inquest, the NSW Coroner referred the case to the Unsolved Homicide Unit for future re-investigation.

In 2017, detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Unit commenced a re-investigation under Strike Force Trancas II.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 45-year-old woman outside a unit at Bondi Junction about 7.40am yesterday (Tuesday 24 September 2019).

She was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with murder.

Police will allege in court that the woman staged an aggravated break and enter to carry out the murder.

It will be further alleged the murder was financially motivated.

The woman was refused bail to appear at Waverley Local Court today (Wednesday 25 September 2019).

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