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Danielle Easey was ‘living in fear’ in the year before her death at Lake Macquarie

A woman whose body was found on the banks of a creek three weeks ago wrote to a local community group about a terrifying attempted break-and-enter which left her ‘living in fear’.   

Danielle Easey – who made national news when she was born during the 1989 Newcastle earthquake – was found dead and wrapped in plastic on the banks of Cockle Creek at Lake Macquarie on August 31.  

The 29-year-old is believed to have been killed up to three weeks before.  

On Thursday detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at an industrial premise in Cardiff just before 10am and took him to Belmont Police Station.

About an hour later, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home at Holmesville and taken to Toronto Police Station. 

Early on Friday morning the man was charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Friday.

The woman was charged with accessory after the fact to murder and dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception, and refused bail to appear in the same court. 

Ms Easey, known as ‘Dell’ to her loved ones, was working to get away from a ‘bad crowd’ she had been associating with in the months before her death.

Danielle Easey – who made national news when she was born during the 1989 Newcastle earthquake – was found dead and wrapped in plastic on the banks of Cockle Creek at Lake Macquarie on August 31

Ms Easey wrote on local Facebook group about a terrifying attempted break-and-enter

Ms Easey wrote on local Facebook group about a terrifying attempted break-and-enter 

The mother-of-two revealed she was the victim of a horrific encounter with alleged thieves in a post to a Facebook group for the Belmont area on October 2, 2018.    

‘On the 14th of September my car was broken into as you know and stuff was stolen,’ Ms Easey wrote.

‘The thieves had tried to get into my house as the police found a hand print on my front window trying to push it up to get into my house, I thank the heavens they didn’t get in.’

Ms Easey said the police were ‘great’ help and told her the hand print did not match anyone in their system.   

‘I don’t usually lock my windows I like the night air, but that night for some reason I locked all my windows,’ Ms Easey continued.

‘I’m sharing this so people in the BELMONT area are aware.’

Ms Easey said the robbery saw the thieves take brand new Nike shoes, her three year old's car seat and money

Ms Easey said the robbery saw the thieves take brand new Nike shoes, her three year old’s car seat and money 

‘No worse fear then living in fear in your own home… Keep your windows locked!’

Ms Easey was asked if she knew her alleged attackers and she wrote that they were likely a gang of youths.

‘No I’m most certain it’s the young group of ‘lads’ under the age of 18 that have been getting around robbing other people and their hard earned things,’ Ms Easey wrote.

A local resident wrote that a baseball bat should be used to fight off the robbers and Ms Easey gave an eerie response.

‘Most definitely would use anything I had to if they were to get inside they definitely wouldn’t have left that house only by body bag or emergency but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find them and try find out,’ Ms Easey wrote.

Ms Easey was asked if they knew her alleged attackers and she wrote that they were likely a gang of youths

Ms Easey was asked if they knew her alleged attackers and she wrote that they were likely a gang of youths

A local resident wrote that a baseball bat should be used to stop the thieves from the break and enter and Ms Easey gave an eerie response

A local resident wrote that a baseball bat should be used to stop the thieves from the break and enter and Ms Easey gave an eerie response

‘I was fortunate enough to have my brother he is at night and had protection so if anyone was to get inside it wouldn’t have been good so I’m just glad didn’t happen.   

‘I just want to make other people aware which I’m sure most people are but our hard earned money is being stolen from it and nothing’s been done about it and we are living in fear some of it and nothing’s been done about it I’m frustrated.’

Ms Easey said the robbery saw the thieves take brand new Nike shoes, her three year old’s car seat and money. 

She also wrote that her friend was ‘heavily assaulted’ while walking home in the area.  

Ms Easey revealed on the Facebook post that she was living in fear in her own house the year before her death

Ms Easey revealed on the Facebook post that she was living in fear in her own house the year before her death

Ms Easey also wrote that her friend was 'heavily assaulted' while walking home in the area

Ms Easey also wrote that her friend was ‘heavily assaulted’ while walking home in the area

Amid the arrests on Thursday, detectives searched the Cardiff industrial premise and seized a Mitsubishi Delica.

They also searched the Holmesville house and a home at Narara.

Police are still investigating. A spokesman did not rule out the possibility of more arrests.    

On Thursday detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at an industrial premise at Cardiff just before 10am and took him to Belmont Police Station

On Thursday detectives arrested a 33-year-old man at an industrial premise at Cardiff just before 10am and took him to Belmont Police Station

About an hour later, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home at Holmesville and taken to Toronto Police Station

 About an hour later, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home at Holmesville and taken to Toronto Police Station

Homicide Squad detectives have arrested two people in connection to the murder of Danielle Easey

Homicide Squad detectives have arrested two people in connection to the murder of Danielle Easey

Detectives searched the Cardiff industrial premise (pictured) and a home at Narara

Detectives searched the Cardiff industrial premise (pictured) and a home at Narara

Ms Easey made national headlines when she was famously born on a patch of grass in Newcastle during the region’s 1989 earthquake.

Ms Easey (pictured as a baby being held by mother Jennifer) was given the nickname 'Quaker' after she was born on a patch of grass during Newcastle's 1989 earthquake

Ms Easey (pictured as a baby being held by mother Jennifer) was given the nickname ‘Quaker’ after she was born on a patch of grass during Newcastle’s 1989 earthquake 

She was given the nickname ‘Quaker’ after her birth.  

When the hospital was evacuated, her mother Jennifer Collier was forced to give birth in a makeshift tent made of sheets.

Ms Easey was born 90 minutes after the 5.6 tremor struck Newcastle – reducing part of the city to rubble. 

The 29-year-old had two children, Reef and Mahli, and a close friend, who asked not to be named, told Daily Mail Australia she was working hard to build a life for them.

In the months before she died, Ms Easey had been studying to be a teachers aide. Her children were in the care of their fathers, and she was working to get away from a ‘bad crowd’ she had been associating with.  

Unfortunately, she didn’t get the chance to start again.

Ms Easey’s body was found on August 31, wrapped in plastic and floating near the banks of the Cockle Creek in Lake Macquarie, in New South Wales.  

A friend of Danielle Easey (right) earlier revealed someone had used the 29-year-old's phone and key card just days ago - well after the time police believe she was killed

A friend of Danielle Easey (right) earlier revealed someone had used the 29-year-old’s phone and key card just days ago – well after the time police believe she was killed  

 

 

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