The Thai woman hosted an Australia Day barbeque (pictured) two days before she was allegedly stabbed to death by her stepson
A 16-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his stepmother to death in their home has been charged with murder.
The 42-year-old Thai woman was found in her home in Woolooware, south Sydney at about 1.30am on Wednesday suffering multiple stab wounds to her back.
The former aged care worker, who also did shifts in a bakery, was treated at the scene before being taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition where she died shortly after.
Police arrested the teenager at the home and on Wednesday afternoon he was charged with murder.
He will face Sutherland Local Court later on Wednesday afternoon.
A neighbour who gave his name as Louie said he heard loud arguments coming from the house nearly every weekend.
‘I knew there were big problems with that house, but I never expected this,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Louie said the arguments had been going on for months if not longer.
He said the house often hosted gatherings with loud music and many people showing up.
Neighbour and family friend Payton Wilson, 23, said she and her boyfriend were awoken by screaming early in the morning.
The former aged care worker (pictured), who also did shifts in a bakery, was treated at the scene before being taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition where she died shortly after
‘I heard 20 or 30 seconds of screaming, high pitched, obviously a woman. She sounded like she was in a lot of pain. Then there was silence,’ she said.
‘There’s a lot of yelling that comes from that house so I didn’t think twice, I had no idea that was what was going down so we just went back to sleep and didn’t do anything.
‘Then I woke up this morning… it’s just horrible.’
Ms Wilson said the woman’s partner, who was in the house during the alleged stabbing, had frequent loud arguments.
‘They have arguments all the time, they get drunk and yell at each other, never when sober. They loved each other it was just a turbulent relationship,’ she said.
Ms Wilson said though the teenager was a stepson, they appeared as mother and son.
‘She was so cute. They looked like mum and son,’ she said.
‘They were just a normal family, really nice. They got along with each other. So it’s a massive shock.
‘He was always up playing Xbox, he was very quiet. He’s such a nice kid.’
Ms Wilson said the victim worked at a bakery and vegetable shop and previously in aged care, and her partner sold truck parts.
On Wednesday morning forensic officers poured over the scene as the murder probe continued
Another neighbour said he also had to deal with the noise and that just after midnight on Wednesday he heard a ‘scream’.
On Wednesday morning forensic officers poured over the scene as the investigation continued.
Her friend Em Levy said she was with the victim and her partner at their home for Australia Day and everything seemed fine.
‘They were very happy, she was such a happy lady. I’m so shocked I can’t believe it, I just saw her on Sunday,’ she said through tears.
‘[Her stepson] is a very nice boy, very quiet.
‘She has no family here, they are all in Thailand and her sister lives in Sweden.’
Friends said the woman had been with the boy’s father for at least 10 years and they had all lived in the same home for that time.
Another friend said she often met with the victim and other Thai women for lunches and dinners.
‘We are very sad, she was a very good person. Everyone loved her, everyone,’ she said.
‘We are so confused, they were such a nice family.’
Police at the scene on Wednesday morning as forensic teams combed the property