A man has been taken into police custody after his estranged wife fromNorthern Ireland was found dead in a car park in Sydney.
Mother-of-three Comrie Cullen, 39, was discovered with severe trauma wounds to her upper body at an isolated angler's club yesterday and the man is under guard in hospital.
New South Wales Superintendent Gregory Antonjuk said the suspect, 50, was found leaving a swampy mangrove area nearby with significant injuries to his arms and upper torso.
"We have the understanding that they were married for a period of 15-16 years and as of late last year, around October, the couple became estranged and there was some domestic incidents related to that reported to police," he told theSydney Morning Herald.
"As a consequence of those reports an apprehended violence order was issued by the courts."
No further reports have been made to police since November.
Mr Antonjuk told local media that a crime scene was established following the discovery of the woman's body at the St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers Club at Taren Point.
"A male was located exiting the mangrove swamp area near the vicinity of the crime scene," he said.
"That person exhibited significant injuries to his arms and upper torso. He was immediately taken into custody and conveyed to a local hospital where he currently remains under police guard pending further treatment and surgery."
A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokeswoman said they were liaising with the family following the reports in Australia.
The PSNI issued a statement on behalf of Ms Cullen's family in Bangor, Co Down.
"Our family is devastated by Comrie's tragic death and we would ask for no media intrusion at this time," they said.
Specially trained officers are providing support to the family and are in contact with authorities in New South Wales about the investigation into her death and arrangements for her repatriation.
Ms Cullen was found with knife wounds to her throat in a Sydney car park.
A passerby discovered the body of Ms Cullen, slumped against a white car believed to be her own.