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A Queensland mother of four stabbed outside a unit complex had taken out a domestic violence order before the fatal attack, police have revealed.
Heather Ball, 29, died on Wednesday night in hospital after the incident on the footpath outside the Short St building in Caboolture.
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A 29-year-old man is being questioned by police after being arrested when he allegedly crashed a Holden Commodore into a police car, injuring two officers, on the Bruce Hwy at Yadina on the Sunshine Coast about 11pm.
Police have not confirmed his relationship to Ball except to say they are known to each other.
“The investigation centres around a current domestic violence order (DVO) that was put in place whereby the victim was an aggrieved,” said Detective Inspector Tony Green on Thursday.
He said the circumstances of the DVO remain under investigation.
“In the fullness of time, more information will come to light,” Green said.
“At the moment, the male person is assisting us with inquiries .”
Green said Ball had suffered “several stab wounds”.
He was “not prepared to say” if the Caboolture address was known to police before the attack.
He confirmed Ball is mother to children who were present at the time of the attack.
“The victim is a mother of the children. They’re currently being cared for by friends and family and we’re offering support for that,” he said.
Ball’s sister Stephanie Fort said her family “will do everything we can to make sure your beautiful babies grow up as happy and healthy as possible”.
“Heather, you were a f***** light that has been extinguished,” Fort said on Facebook.
“You were a wonderful sister and an amazing mother, and I am so f****** sorry I couldn’t save you.
“I will always love you, my sweet sister, and we will never forget you.”
Neighbour Danah Bourke said she was awoken by a “terrified” woman screaming, “help me”.
“Once we got downstairs she was trying to hold my hand but it was too much,” she said on Thursday.
Bourke said there was “blood pouring out everywhere”.
“You could tell by her voice, she was terrified,” she said.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has described the incident as an “absolute tragedy”.
“An absolute tragedy – a horrific scene, a horrific scene, not only for police but for neighbours,” Carroll said.
“They have witnessed what has taken place. It is on the footpath in front of their house, their units, and it is very, very difficult for police to deal with, let alone members of the public.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.
In an emergency, call 000.
Advice and counselling for men concerned about their use of family violence: Men’s Referral Service, 1300 766 491.
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