AN Irish mother-of-three murdered in a frenzied knife attack in Australia had taken a restraining order out against her estranged husband, police have said.
New South Wales Police also revealed that there had been some domestic incidents reported to officers after Comrie Cullen (nee Waters) and her husband Christopher separated.
Ms Cullen was discovered by a member of the public slumped by a car with stab wounds to her neck in a fishing club's remote car park on the outskirts of Sydney.
Christopher Cullen (50) was found by police with wounds to his body coming out of a nearby swamp.
The couple had also been involved in a legal dispute, believed to be related to Mr Cullen's carpentry business.
They had been due in court in Sydney over the matter on Wednesday morning.
The couple had been married for at least 15 years, but were going through what appeared to be an acrimonious break-up.
Last night, members of the Waters family from Bangor, Co Down, were understood to be preparing to make the long trip to Australia to take care of 39-year-old Ms Cullen's three young children, aged five, seven and 11.
"Our family is devastated by Comrie's tragic death and we would ask for no media intrusion at this time," the family said in a statement.
A PSNI spokeswoman said specially trained officers were providing support to the family.
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.
Last night, Mr Cullen remained at St George's Hospital in Sydney under police guard.
He had self-inflicted injuries to his wrists and chest, which are not believed to be life-threatening.
It is understood that Ms Cullen left her husband, taking their three children and moving to nearby Sutherland. She had been working part-time as a beauty therapist.