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Wentworthville, Sydney: Tradie Adam Cureton accused of killing model wife Sabah Hafiz dead in jail

Scrawny tradie accused of killing his aspiring model wife is found dead in his jail cell – as it’s revealed his weight ballooned to 150kg behind bars

  • Demolition worker Adam Cureton, 25, charged with murder of Sabah Hafiz, 23
  • She was found dead in Wentworthville, western Sydney home on October 14
  • Police alleged she had been seriously assaulted and no weapon was used
  • Cureton died behind bars at Silverwater jail while charged with her murder


A demolition worker accused of murdering his aspiring model wife has been found dead in his jail cell after his weight ballooned to 150kg behind bars. 

Sabah Hafiz, 23, was found dead in her Wentworthville, western Sydney home on October 14 last year.

Police alleged at the time she had been seriously assaulted and no weapon appeared to have been used. 

Her husband Adam Cureton, 25, was arrested the next day and charged with her murder. 

Sabah Hafiz, 23, was found dead in her western Sydney unit in the early hours of October 14, 2020. Her husband Adam Cureton, 25, was arrested the next day and charged with her murder. The two are pictured together

Police alleged at the time Ms Hafiz had been seriously assaulted and no weapon appeared to have been used

Police alleged at the time Ms Hafiz had been seriously assaulted and no weapon appeared to have been used

Adam Cureton, 25, died behind bars in June. His case has now been dismissed by a magistrate

Adam Cureton, 25, died behind bars in June. His case has now been dismissed by a magistrate

Cureton died behind bars on June 13 at Silverwater jail in the city’s west while awaiting trial.

His sister Alicia said corrections staff believe her brother suffered a heart attack, The Daily Telegraph reported.

‘They basically just said he had passed in his sleep sometime earlier in the morning, they thought it was a heart attack,’ she said.

‘He went in at 70kg and when he died he was 130, nearly 150 [kg]. 

His sister said the anti-psychotic medication he had been taking in prison was known to cause weight gain and that his death may have been accidental.

‘It wasn’t suicide… all I know was he was on heavy medication – anti psychotics. I’ve been told he was taking other people‘s medication,’ she said.

Parramatta Local Court magistrate Peter Feather has now dismissed the case against Cureton.

Corrective Services NSW confirmed Cureton was found unresponsive in his cell at 7.35am on the morning of June 13 and was pronounced dead at 8.35am.  

‘Corrective Services NSW and NSW Police are investigating the incident,’ a spokeswoman said.

‘All deaths in custody are subject to a coronial inquest.’

Cureton could be heard screaming his wife’s name during dramatic police footage of his arrest.

Adam Cureton was arrested at a Maroubra home on October 15, a day after his wife died at a western Sydney home. Pictured is his dramatic arrest

Adam Cureton was arrested at a Maroubra home on October 15, a day after his wife died at a western Sydney home. Pictured is his dramatic arrest

The estranged father of Ms Hafiz had wept as he arrived at the scene.

‘She was a good girl,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.

Ms Hafiz’s father said he had never met Cureton but understood the pair had been married for a few years.

Police said Ms Hafiz had been allegedly assaulted and they don’t believe a weapon had been used.

Cureton was heard in police footage last year screaming his wife's name as he was put into a police van

Cureton was heard in police footage last year screaming his wife’s name as he was put into a police van

Ms Hafiz had a StarNow.com listing in which she describes herself as an aspiring model and extra who was seeking work in the showbusiness industry.

‘I’m trying to get experience in this field and if I do get paid, that’s great too,’ Ms Hafiz wrote.

‘It’s something I never thought about doing, but I do enjoy being spontaneous and trying new hobbies from time to time so yeah, really keen to do this.’ 

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, contact 1800RESPECT. 

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