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Husband held after wife's throat is slit

The estranged husband of an Irishwoman killed in Sydney is in police custody in hospital.

Christopher Cullen (50) is under guard following the stabbing of his wife Comrie (39), originally from Bangor, Co Down, who was found dead in a car park.

The mother-of-three was discovered with knife wounds to her neck, and it is believed that her throat was slashed.


Mr Cullen was found in a nearby swamp with significant injuries to his torso and arms.

Police confirmed he was recovering in hospital and that they were "awaiting medical advice" before speaking to him.

Comrie took out an apprehended violence order against her husband last year after their marriage broke down.

It is believed that the pair had been together for approximately 16 years.

She was due in court to fight a legal battle against her estranged husband on the day of the attack.

The couple have three children, aged five, seven and 11, who have been informed of the death of their mother.


They are now in the care of family friends and have been offered counselling.

A spokesman for Sydney Police, which is liaising with the Police Service of Northern Ireland over the death, said that a crime scene was established following the discovery of the woman's body at the St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers Club at Taren Point.

"A male was located exiting the mangrove swamp area near the vicinity of the crime scene," the same spokesman added.

"That person exhibited significant injuries to his arms and his upper torso.

"He was immediately taken into custody and conveyed to a local hospital where he currently remains under police guard pending further treatment and surgery."

A number of items have been collected from the Taren Point crime scene for examination by Sydney detectives investigating the alleged murder.

It is expected that an autopsy examination will be carried out in the near future.