A man has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a woman in her Wollongong home last night.
Police believe the 51-year-old was stabbed to death shortly after 11pm in Campbell St, Wonoona.
Officers made the horror discovery after they arrested a man who attempted to flee a random breath test station on Nicholson St.
As police approached, the vehicle drove off before hitting a guard rail nearby. The driver, a 56-year-old man, was arrested at the scene.
After speaking with the man, other officers went to the Campbell St home where they found a 51-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds.
She was unable to be revived.
The street has been cordoned off as crime scene investigators collect evidence and canvass for witnesses.
“I was lying in bed reading until 11pm, but I didn’t hear anything,” one neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the Illawarra Mercury.
“It is confronting. We live in a usually quiet townhouse complex. It is a bit of drama for New Year’s Day.”
Wollongong police Inspector Angela Burnell called the woman’s death a “tragic start to the New Year”.
“Our thoughts go out to the family,” she told reporters.
“Crime scene investigators are continuing with their inquiries. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”
The arrested man remains under police guard in hospital, where he is being treated for injuries related to the crash. He is yet to be charged.
Wollongong detectives have established Strike Force Carrela to investigate the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.