A man charged with killing a young mother will remain behind bars while police investigate why initial calls from the eventual stabbing scene were not prioritised.
Shaun King, 35, appeared briefly at Campbelltown Local Court on Thursday morning charged with the murder of his partner, Drew Douglas.
He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
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Police previously said they received a phone call from a distressed man at a home in St Marys, in Sydney’s west, on Tuesday about 8.40pm.
But officers did not attend the property until about 6.45am on Wednesday, when the 31-year-old woman was discovered with fatal stab wounds.
The circumstances surrounding both the initial call and subsequent response are now the subject of a major internal investigation.
Mother-of-four Drew Douglas, aged in her 30s, was found with stab wounds to the chest at a home on Edmondson Ave in St Marys about 6.45am on Wednesday. Credit: 7NEWS
Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker said the police’s lack of response to the Tuesday call and officers’ subsequent attendance at the property would form part of the investigation.
“That timeline … will certainly be very, very strongly looked at,” she told reporters.
She added the circumstances surrounding the death would also be investigated, including whether there were any missed opportunities for police to act.
The NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission has also been notified and will monitor the investigation.
A fundraiser has been established to cover the cost of Douglas’ funeral to “give her the last send off she deserves”.