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FRIDAY, MAY 18 2012



Mum charged on Mother s Day Young mum allegedly stabs the father of her child in dispute outside Livingstone Road home BY LOUISE BOURKE


he father of the 22-year-old Marrickville woman who allegedly stabbed her exboyfriend to death on Sunday evening outside the family’s Livingstone Road home said they are a “good family” that has now been “destroyed”. Avalino Silva, 49, told reporters he was in bed when he heard his son and daughter “screaming” outside the house. Later on Sunday evening, police arrested Mr Silva, his daughter, Jessica, and her brother following the fatal stabbing of 28-year-old James Polkinghorne. Police said Mr Polkinghorne, who is the father of Ms Silva’s 2-year-old child, arrived at the Silva’s home as a Mother’s Day dinner was concluding. Following an altercation with Ms Silva, Mr Polkinghorne was stabbed several times. Paramedics transported him to RPA hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Superintendent Greg Peters from Marrickville Police said they believe the weapon may have been an ordinary kitchen knife from the house. “Forensic inquiries are being conducted on the knife that we’ve located to test to see whether it is the actual weapon that was involved,” Supt Peters said. Ms Silva, a childcare worker, was charged with murder and appeared in Newtown Local Court on Monday. She was refused bail and will appear in court again next month.

Marrickville Police Superintendent, Greg Peters, addressing the media on Monday.


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