An 82-year-old man charged with murdering his elderly partner may have used an axe in the attack at a Gold Coast home.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn says the woman, also 82, was found dead by the couple’s daughter who had gone to their home after she was unable to call them on Thursday afternoon.
The man was found conscious at the home and taken to hospital where he’s being held under police guard.
“It’s very difficult to see people this age, one murdered and (another) facing the courts for such a serious offence,” Det Insp Ahearn told reporters on Friday.
“It’s a tragic set of circumstances … with a tragic outcome.”
An axe and a belt found at the home are being examined by detectives, but police are reluctant to comment on the severity of the dead woman’s injuries.
Det Insp Ahearn said it was appropriate to wait for the post-mortem examination later on Friday.
“Suffice to say there was some blood at the scene,” he said.
The man doesn’t have any significant physical injuries, but is undergoing toxicology tests at Gold Coast University Hospital.
Det Insp Ahearn described him as being in “a distressed state” and refusing to answer questions.
Police haven’t established a motive but they’re looking into the man’s mental health, the woman’s medical condition before her death, and the possibility he was under the influence of a substance.
Officers have never dealt with the couple before in relation to any domestic violence matters.
Det Insp Ahearn wouldn’t comment on reports the woman may have asked the man to end her life.
“There’s various avenues of inquiry being examined to try and determine what was the reason for for this lady losing her life,” he said.
“We’re confident that there is no third party (involved).”
Det Insp Ahearn said the couple’s family were co-operating with police, while the daughter who found them was “extremely upset”.
He said she was being provided with support, along with police officers and paramedics who first arrived at the home on Thursday.
“It is distressing on our officers who have to respond and the other emergency services, ambulance, but you know, we have support mechanisms in place within the Queensland police to support officers in dealing with these issues that really are quite challenging,” he said.
The man is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Friday, pending hospital clearance.
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