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Woman who called police to check on her ex husband is to be charged with the grandfather’s murder

Woman who called police to check up on her ex-husband is one of three people to be charged with the wheelchair-bound grandfather’s murder

  • The former wife of a wheelchair-bound man has been charged with his murder
  • Steven Hinrichsen, a 63-year-old grandfather, was found dead in his home
  • His 41-year-old ex wife called police to Morphett Vale in Adelaide’s south
  • Two other men were also arrested and the trio will face court on Monday 

The former wife of a wheelchair-bound man who was found dead in the front room of his house has been arrested and charged with the murder.

The 41-year-old woman called police to the scene in Morphett Vale in Adelaide’s south shortly before 9am on Saturday but was arrested at the home shortly after.  

Steven Hinrichsen, a 63-year-old grandfather of three, was found by police and paramedics in his Nathan Court home with multiple injuries inflicted in suspicious circumstances.

Steven Hinrichsen, a 63-year-old grandfather, (above) was found dead in the front room of his house in Morphett Vale in Adelaide’s south

Hinrichsen's former wife, a 41-year-old woman, (left) was arrested and charged with the murder

police and paramedics found his body (right)  in suspicious circumstances

Hinrichsen’s former wife, a 41-year-old woman, (left) was arrested and charged with the murder after police and paramedics found his body (right) in suspicious circumstances

The grandfather, was found by police and paramedics in his Nathan Court home (pictured) about 9am on Saturday

The grandfather, was found by police and paramedics in his Nathan Court home (pictured) about 9am on Saturday

Superintendent Yvette Clark said the man had obvious injuries to his body but police did not know if a weapon was involved

Superintendent Yvette Clark said the man had obvious injuries to his body but police did not know if a weapon was involved

Two other men, a 43-year-old Christie Downs man and a 45-year-old man also from Christie Downs, were arrested and and charged with murder.   

The three are all known to each other and the attack is not believed to have been random, police have said. 

The trio have been refused police bail, with the 45-year-old man expected to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday. 

Mr Hinrichsen’s former wife and the 45-year-old man will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court. 

Southern District CIB are investigating the death with the assistance of Detectives from Major Crime Investigation Branch.  

Mr Hinrichsen is thought to have died late on Friday night or early Saturday morning. 

‘It appears to be a targeted issue,’ Superintendent Yvette Clark said.

‘We don’t believe there’s any further danger to any members of the public and we will continue to investigate and proceed with the matter from there.’

A white station wagon (pictured) was towed away from the house shortly after 3pm and is thought to be a key part of the investigation

A white station wagon (pictured) was towed away from the house shortly after 3pm and is thought to be a key part of the investigation

She said the man had obvious injuries to his body but police were unsure if a weapon was involved.

Forensic investigators scoured the house and closed the street to traffic.

Neighbours said they didn’t see or hear anything suspicious.

‘He kept to himself,’ neighbour Mandi McGlynn told the Adelaide Sunday Mail. ‘This has been a great shock. I’ve never seen anything like it.’ 

A white station wagon was towed away from the house shortly after 3pm and is thought to be a key part of the investigation. 

Mr Hinrichsen’s daughter, Lisa Hinrichsen, 28, said her father – a Port Adelaide supporter – loved his kids and three grandchildren.

‘My dad wasn’t amazing his whole life but he was still my dad over the years and he tried his best … My dad was one of a kind and was always here for me.

‘He also loved footy and being with loved ones.

‘I love him dearly and he will be forever missed.’ 

 

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