A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder following the stabbing death of a 20-year-old woman in Jingili, NT Police said on Wednesday morning, in what appears to be a horrific domestic violence incident.
The stabbing occurred on Tuesday morning near the Jingili water gardens which quickly became a crime scene, with detectives calling in the dog unit to search for the offender. He was located around noon and taken into custody.
The alleged murder has shaken the neighbourhood with many saying they were shocked an incident like that could occur near a family-friendly park where children routinely play.
It was initially reported the woman was in her 30s, but according to NT Police media manager Rob Cross, the woman was 20-years-old.
Warren Dhamarrandji attended Darwin Local Court on Wednesday in a brief appearance where details were not heard. The matter was held over to January 20. He will remain in custody.
He also faces other charges including contravening a Domestic Violence Order, going armed in public and aggravated assault.
While it was also initially reported the weapon had not been recovered, Mr Cross made no mention of that on Wednesday morning, nor did he say if police were looking for witnesses.
A later press release issued by police media on Wednesday night confirmed police are in fact looking for any witnesses to come forward and dashcam footage as well.
“We’d like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident in the parkland or on the roadway in the proximity of Sanders Street, Jingili,” said Detective Acting Superintendent Mark Malogorski.
“We’re also calling for any residential CCTV or vehicle dashcam footage from the area between 10am and midday.”
Anyone with information or footage is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference number 9497009.