Family devastated after Irish mother found dead in Sydney car park
A WOMAN FROM Northern Ireland was found dead in a car park in Sydney yesterday, a victim of what is believed to have been an incident of domestic violence.
Comrie Cullen, 39, was found beside her white car at about 2.40pm (Sydney local time) in an isolated car park at Taren Point fishing club.
The mother-of-three had suffered traumatic upper body injuries and was found in a pool of blood.
In a brief statement, her family said they had been left deeply shocked.
“Our family is devastated by Comrie’s tragic death and we would ask for no intrusion at this time,” they said in a statement released through the PSNI this evening.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is in contact with authorities in New South Wales in relation to the investigation and to make arrangements for the repatriation of her body.
Cullen’s estranged husband, Christopher Cullen, is now in hospital with injuries to his chest and wrist.
The 50-year-old was found by investigating officers and was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries to his wrists and chest which are believed to have been self-inflicted.
Superintendent Gregory Antonjuk confirmed that he will have to undergo surgery while in custody.
He also told reporters that the pair had been married for some 15 or 16 years but that they had become estranged late last year. A number of domestic incident had been reported to the police.
An AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) was issued by the courts and took effect in November 2013.
The couple had three children aged 5, 7 and 11.
Police are working with their counterparts in Northern Ireland as Comrie Cullen’s father lives there, according to the Irish Echo.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that she was found dead on the same day she was due in court over a small claims dispute taken by her ex-husband.
Originally published 11.03am
Additional reporting by Christine Bohan