A man who allegedly strangled and beat his former partner to death has been found dead in custody.
Lance Michael Pearce was expected to face murder charges after allegedly trying to suffocate his former partner Blair Dalton, 35.
The NSW Central Coast woman died in hospital Thursday evening after suffering critical injuries during the alleged domestic incident at Ettalong Beach on Tuesday night.
NSW Police believe the 34-year-old’s man death was not suspicious and they are investigating the circumstances, according to news.com.au.
The couple share a young son together.
Lance Michael Pearce, 34, (right) has been found dead in custody after allegedly suffocating and strangling his former partner Blair Dalton (left)
Ms Dalton (pictured) died in hospital after allegedly being strangled by Pearce Tuesday night
Ms Dalton’s family posted early Friday morning that her organs had been donated to help others, following her tragic death.
‘Our beautiful Blair who is always helping others will today continue on this path when the transplanting of her organs begin RIP our best friend love dad and Gail,’ they wrote.
Family and friends shocked at her passing also left emotional tributes to the young woman on social media, calling her ‘one of a kind’.
‘Rest easy hun… U didn’t deserve to go this way, will remember our good old party days… Ur a awesome chic… So sad for u and all ur loved ones… (sic),’ one person wrote.
While a friend added: ‘RIP Blair I am so blessed to have been able to work with you. You truly were one of a kind, down to earth and the life of the party.’
‘Spread your wings and surround them around your loved ones sweetie. Rest easy.’
Ms Dalton’s family posted early Friday morning the news Blair (pictured) had died and that her organs had been donated to help others
Police said the circumstances around Pearce’s (pictured) death on Friday was not suspicious
The alleged attack happened at Ms Dalton’s home, with police arriving at the Ettalong Beach property, on the Central Coast around 7.10pm.
After locating Ms Dalton, officers commenced CPR, with NSW Ambulance paramedics taking her to hospital in critical condition.
Pearce was taken to Gosford Police Station following the incident, where he has was charged with attempt to strangle/suffocate with intent to murder.
According to The Daily Telegraph during a court appearance Wednesday, he was heard saying ‘no, no’ and ‘is she all right, she has to be all right,’ from the dock.
He was refused bail and is set to return to court on November 24, when charges against him are expected to be upgraded, according to Police.
Officers called to the scene commenced CPR on Ms Dalton (pictured), with NSW Ambulance paramedics then taking her to hospital in critical condition
The alleged attack happened at Ms Dalton’s home (pictured) at Ettalong Beach on New South Wales Central Coast
Police were called to the scene around 7.10pm and were pictured investigating Wednesday morning
Friends described Ms Dalton as a ‘good Aussie girl,’ according to 7 News.
‘We’re just waiting on doctors reports but the end result won’t be good either way will it?’
While others sent their love and best wishes to the family, many expressing how Ms Dalton was ‘very giving to the end and beyond’.
‘I can’t begin to imagine what you all must be going through right now. She was so loved,’ one person wrote.
While another added: ‘Take your angel wings and let your loved ones feel a gentle breeze as you fly close to them during this difficult time.’
The national domestic violence helpline is 1800 737 732. In an emergency call triple-zero.
Ms Dalton was taken to Gosford Hospital following the alleged attack, but died Thursday night, with family and friends taking to social media to express their sadness
The alleged attack happened at the mother’s home in Ettalong Beach (stock image pictured), with Pearce refused bail and set to return to court on November 24, with charges expected to be upgraded
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