Photo released of man wanted over death of Wollongong mum

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Photo released of man wanted over death of Wollongong mum

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October 06, 2018 12:38:25

Police in Wollongong have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to over the death of a mother whose body was found in her home north of Wollongong yesterday.

A friend of Kristie Powell found the 39-year-old’s body at the home in Bellambi, north of Wollongong, early on Friday morning and called authorities.

The victim’s five-month-old son was also found unharmed inside the house.

On Saturday morning, police released a photograph of 29-year-old Bhanu Kirkman.

There is an outstanding warrant for Mr Kirkman’s arrest regarding allegations of fraud, resisting an officer and drug possession, police said.

The 29-year-old is known to frequent the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Sydney areas using trains.

Police urged anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts to immediately contact triple-zero.

Detective Inspector Brad Ainsworth yesterday revealed Ms Powell was covered in a “significant” amount of blood and a weapon may have been used in the attack, but he wouldn’t elaborate on her “serious” injuries.

Her young son is being looked after by his grandparents.

Chilling posts on Ms Powell’s Facebook account also show she was concerned about a stalker.

Six months ago, Ms Powell informed friends she no longer answered calls from private numbers due to the issue.

She said she sometimes received 100 calls or messages a day from the former employee who became “obsessed” with her and called himself “the reaper”.

“Most of the time it is highly amusing and entertaining really,” Ms Powell wrote.

“He needs serious help but the mental health system just keep releasing him.”

Police have been collecting CCTV footage and conducting door-to-door inquiries since Ms Powell’s body was found.

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law-crime-and-justice,

sydney-2000,

lake-illawarra-2528

First posted

October 06, 2018 12:16:24

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