18 April 2022

Monash man to face manslaughter charges after Melba woman dies

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Police have arrested and charged a Monash man with manslaughter. He is due to appear in court this morning. Photo: Albert McKnight

A 42-year-old Monash man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Monday, 18 April 2022) charged with manslaughter after the death of a 40-year-old Melba woman.

The woman died in hospital overnight after she was unable to recover from injuries she received in an incident in Melba about 4 am on Friday, 15 April 2022.

The woman was taken to hospital shortly afterwards and treated for critical injuries. On Friday afternoon the matter was reported to police.

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A crime scene was declared and a section of Alfred Hill Drive, Melba, and some nearby streets, were closed for several hours while investigations were carried out. Further investigations took place on the weekend.

Police arrested the man on Friday afternoon, and the vehicle involved in the incident has been taken for forensic examination.

A report is being prepared for the ACT Coroner.

Police will allege the man was in breach of previously granted bail conditions

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In addition to the charge of manslaughter, he will also be charged with three counts of perverting the course of justice.

Anyone with information about the incident, dash-cam or CCTV footage of the area that captured any unusual driving behaviour early Friday morning who has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference 7084344. Information can be provided anonymously.

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