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A man has been charged with threatening to kill a woman who he said was mentally ill.
Key points:A man has also been charged over the death of a young woman with dementia who he claimed was mentally disabledThe man faces up to 10 years in jail for the attack on Michelle CawleyKey pointsA man was charged with the alleged murder of Michelle Cearley, who died in hospital in 2014A jury has found him guilty of murder and attempted murderThe man was accused of threatening to shoot and kill a man who he allegedly had a relationship with.
The man, named by police as Matthew O’Brien, 46, has been remanded in custody to appear at Sydney Local Court on April 22.
He has also pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count each of aggravated wounding and threatening death.
Police allege that in July last year, the man confronted Michelle Ceeley, a woman aged 65, who had a mental health condition.
Ms Ceely was rushed to hospital in Brisbane and died in the early hours of that morning.
A court document filed by police says Mr O’Connor said the two had a physical relationship and that he had a history of physical violence towards Michelle.
He said he had been abusive towards her before she became mentally ill and had threatened to kill her.
“She was in and out of hospital in the last few weeks and this was not the first time,” Detective Inspector John Caulfield from the Northern Territory Police said.
“He had a violent history and this man had a long history of violence against women.”
He also said he wanted to kill Ms Ceeleys family and his alleged victim was a “person with a mental illness”.
“It is a sad day for her family, she had a beautiful life, a wonderful husband and daughter, and she was not in any way capable of causing harm to anyone,” Detective Superintendent Caulfields said.
Ms O’Cearley had a chronic pain condition which required her to take medications for it, the document states.
Detective Inspector Caulsons statement to the court said he believed the alleged victim suffered from mental health issues.
“Ms Cearleys mother said her daughter had a very complicated history,” he said.
He was also charged with a further offence for threatening to use a weapon to kill the alleged perpetrator.
“I am pleased to be able to charge a man for this,” Detective Sergeant Caulwell said.
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