A man is transported to a waiting ambulance in Vivian Street yesterday.
A man is transported to a waiting ambulance in Vivian Street yesterday. Rob Williams

Woman found dead, man injured

IPSWICH police have launched an investigation after a tragedy unfolded in a quiet Eastern Heights street on Thursday.

Police found a dead woman and a seriously injured man at a home in Vivian Street about 1.30pm.

The 56-year-old man was taken to Ipswich Hospital about 1.50pm with what police described as “body wounds”.

Detective Inspector Mick Niland said the man’s 50-year-old wife had “a number of wounds to her body”.

He said forensic officers from Ipswich and Brisbane were expected to remain at the two-storey brick-and-weatherboard home through the night.

“The deceased woman and the injured man are known to each other; they live in the house together with their two sons,” Insp Niland said as Ipswich SES volunteers set up support equipment.

“We have called in scientific police from Brisbane and they will be here all night.

“It appears the man and the woman were the only two people home before one of their sons arrived and raised the alarm. The people who live here are the man, his wife, and their two sons.”

Insp Niland would not confirm reports the couple had been stabbed with a knife.

“It’s still too early in the investigation (to answer that),” he said.

“The investigation will continue.”

One of the dead woman’s Blue Care co-workers who visited the home after she failed to turn up to work had to be comforted by police after hearing the news.

Nearby residents were just as shocked.

Pat Hillier said the family kept to themselves.

“It’s been quiet here all day. I just came back inside from hanging out my washing and I wondered what the heck had happened. There were police cars and ambulances everywhere,” Mrs Hillier said.

“It’s a really good little street. We’ve never had a problem here.

“The boys would have a party every now and then, usually on a Friday night after work, but they would never make a noise or come home late.”

Mrs Hillier said the man, named Danny, lived in a motor home parked outside the house.

“My husband knew Danny from driving buses for (Westside Bus Company) and we talked to him when we saw him,” she said.

“We knew he was spending Christmas night alone so we even invited him over for dinner so he didn’t have to stay by himself.

“You just don’t expect anything like this to happen in your street. You always see it on television but you never think it can happen somewhere so close, and in a quiet street like this one.”

Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the incident was “frightening”.

“I suppose it just shows you, you never know what can happen in the space of a day,” she said.

“When you look at it like that it’s pretty frightening actually, to have someone found dead in your street. We’re one of those streets where everyone likes to talk and wave when they see someone.

“It might be old-fashioned, but we look out for each other and have a lot of new people coming into the area and like to make them feel welcome.”



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