Police are attempting to piece together the circumstances surrounding a horrific domestic-violence related homicide, after a 31-year-old mum died after being allegedly stabbed by her long-term partner just days from her birthday on Christmas Day.
Her partner, a 32-year-old man who police believe to be the perpetrator, died overnight after sustaining injuries in a house fire in the Moreton Bay suburb in Kallangur.
Emergency services, including police, paramedics and fire officers were called to home on Brimstone Court at about 7pm on Saturday, where they found mum-of-four Siva Auvae “collapsed” on the road, about 100m from the home, suffering multiple stab wounds. She later died on the scene.
While investigators are still confirming the timeline of the crime, Detective Inspector David Harbison told reporters on Sunday, police believe the man “deliberately” lit the house fire after the incident.
The man was arrested at the scene, and treated for serious burn injuries by police and paramedics, however he died at the Royal Brisbane Women’s hospital on Sunday morning.
Detective Inspector Harbison confirmed the pair had been in a long-term domestic relationship, and had only moved from NSW to Queensland in the past week. He said there had been no current domestic violence orders in either state.
“At this point, police do not believe there are any other persons unaccounted for or involved in this tragic incident,” he said.
“Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything in the area around the time of the incident, or may have relevant dashcam or CCTV footage that may assist, we ask those persons to come forward.”
Police will now prepare a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Originally emergency services believed there was a “small child in the house,” however that was “found to be not the case,” said Detective Inspector Harbison.
Relatives of Ms Auvae have shared tributes to the 31-year-old, remembering her as a dedicated mum and caring friend.
“I’ll look for you in the next life my stunning cousin. Your effortless natural beauty. Your flawless nature,” read one post shared on social media.
“The most beautiful Māori Island cousin I ever did have. You enriched all our lives with just your existence & I’ll never forget your beautiful qualities and nature.
“The love, care and protection you poured into your babies, we see cousin.”
Another woman, Brittney Haretuku, understood to be her cousin, said her heart was “broken” after learning of Ms Auvae’s death.
“I was just talking to you a couple weeks ago about the milkshakes I make at work,” she wrote.
“You were a best friend, cousin, Aunty to my kids and my vent to video call person … You will be forever missed my girl, I love you!! Until we meet again.”