Comrie Cullen: police charge husband over murder of Ulster woman in Australia
Hospital hearing for partner of Ulster woman murdered in Australia
The estranged husband of a Northern Ireland woman found stabbed to death in Australia has been charged with her murder while still in his hospital bed.
Comrie Cullen was found slumped by a car with knife wounds to her neck at a remote car park near Sydney. The 39-year-old mother-of-three was originally from Bangor in Co Down.
Yesterday police in Australia charged her former husband, Christopher Cullen, with murder.
Ms Cullen is understood to have been living in Sydney for several years. She had been married to Liverpool-born carpentry business owner Christopher for around 15 years.
New South Wales Police said there had been domestic incidents reported to officers after the pair split last October. Ms Cullen had taken out a restraining order against her husband.
A member of the public found her body at St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers' Club car park last Wednesday. Mr Cullen (50) was found leaving a nearby swamp. He was dripping with blood from what are thought to be self-inflicted wounds. Police believed he slashed his arms, wrists and chest in a botched attempt to take his life.
He was taken to St George's Hospital in Sydney for treatment, before police charged him with murder.
At a bedside hearing at 1pm (local time) yesterday Mr Cullen was refused bail and ordered to appear in Central Local Court on March 18.
The Cullens had three children, aged five, seven and 11, who are now in the care of friends.
It is understood some of Ms Cullen's family have travelled from Northern Ireland to Australia to comfort the children.
Ms Cullen's family said they were "devastated" by her death.
"I can remember times when I had felt distressed, and she was just so warm and intuitive, and would immediately have had her arms around me saying genuine words of comfort. She was just a lovely, lovely kind of person."
Australian friend of Comrie Cullen