NSW police charge man with murder after young mother was found dead

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The suspected murder of a young mother from western Sydney has sparked calls for more to be done to protect victims of domestic violence after police charged a man she had gone to see.

The man was charged with murder after the woman’s body was found in a Penrith unit on Monday afternoon.

Domestic violence journalist and campaigner Sherele Moody identified the woman as 28-year-old Dayna Isaac.

“Dayna was a mother of two daughters,” Ms Moody said.

“She had known the man suspected of killing her for quite some time, but their friendship only turned into a relationship a few months ago.”

Her burnt-out car was found in nearby bushland and is under investigation.

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The police were informed by a relative of the murdered woman.

The NSW Police tactical operations unit arrested a 32-year-old man at a house 3 miles away in Cranebrook on Tuesday morning.

“We are aware that there was a relationship between the two,” Acting Superintendent Carlene Mahoney told reporters on Tuesday.

“It was a long relationship as a friendship and has become more intimate in recent months and that’s as far as we know.”

The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with murder.

Domestic violence campaigner Tarang Chawla, whose sister Nikita was killed by her husband in 2015, expressed his displeasure at the threat of violence women continue to face.

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“We are two weeks into 2023 and we now have two Australian women who have lost their lives to male violence,” Chawla wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

Mr Chawla and Ms Moody called for systemic and cultural changes to make women safer and reduce the loss of life caused by domestic violence.

A national registry of domestic violence offenders would be one way to do this, according to Ms. Moody, by enabling women to request domestic violence histories from prospective lovers.

“We have so much work to do,” Mr Chawla said.

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“And for Dayna and others, we’re a damn good start.”

A GoFundMe was set up by Hayley Chandler, a friend of Ms Isaac’s, who said she was taken away too soon by “the hands of evil”.

“Dayna was the life of the party and a friend to everyone. As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for her friends and family,” the GoFundMe said.

“We are asking for donations to give Dayna the goodbye she truly deserves and to help with the costs of raising the children she left behind.”

The man is due to appear in Penrith court on Wednesday.

-MONKEY

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