PICTURED: Woman, 45, accused of murdering her own MOTHER for financial gain before ‘staging a break-in and running to neighbours screaming for help’ in cold case that had stumped police for 18 years
- Police found Ms Jones’ body at home in Lansvale, Sydney in November 2001
- Post-mortem found she had died from strangulation and stab wound to neck
- Officers from Unsolved Homicide Unit arrested woman, 45, in Bondi Junction
- Mother-of-three Isabela Camelo-Gomez, 45, has been charged with murder
A woman has been charged with murdering her mother 18 years ago after cold case cops uncovered new evidence.
Police will allege that mum-of-three Isabela Camelo-Gomez stood to gain financially from the death of her mother by accessing her inheritance early.
Gomez, 45, was arrested while taking out the bins outside her unit in Bondi, Sydney on Tuesday.
Police footage showed her lost for words as officers handcuffed her.
‘I’m just a bit. I’m just… I don’t even… I’m just speechless,’ she stammered.
Mother-of-three Isabela Camelo-Gomez (pictured), 45, was arrested while taking out the rubbish outside her unit in Bondi, Sydney on Tuesday
Ms Camelo-Gomez allegedly killed her mother Irene Jones at her home in Lansvale, south-west Sydney, on November 2, 2001 when she was 27.
She allegedly ran to a neighbour’s house and called police, telling them a man had broken in, attacked her mother and escaped.
The neighbour was shocked to learn Ms Camelo-Gomez had been arrested.
‘She said she was in the shower and that someone had broken into the house,’ the neighbour said.
‘She just yelled, “my mum, my mum, my mum”.’
‘We called the police and everything for her.’
A post-mortem found Mrs Jones, 56, had died from strangulation and a stab wound to the neck.
Police treated Ms Camelo-Gomez, then named Megan Jones, as a suspect but did not have enough evidence to charge her.
Police found Ms Jones’ body when investigating reports of a break and enter at her Lansvale home on November 2, 2001
The probe was reopened in 2017 after a NSW coroner referred it to cold case investigators.
Officers said they had uncovered new evidence with the help of improved forensics.
A police spokesman said: ‘Police will allege in court that the woman staged an aggravated break and enter to carry out the murder.’
‘It will be further alleged the murder was financially motivated,’ the spokesman said.
Ms Camelo-Gomez is due to appear in Waverley Local Court charged with murder on Wednesday morning.
Officers from the Unsolved Homicide Unit on Tuesday morning arrested a 45-year-old woman outside a unit in Bondi Junction