#37 – Man Murders Woman 2016


Peta Fairhead

It is with much sadness we report the death of the 37th woman to male violence in Australia this year.

Peta Fairhead, 27, died after being left at Joondalup Hospital in Perth’s northern suburbs on 3rd August 2016.

Two men, 19 and 20, were charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of kidnapping and one of murder on 5 August 2016. Police are still seeking a third man in relation to Ms Fairhead’s murder.

Our hearts go out to Ms Fairhead’s family & friends.

UPDATE: Three men, Lucas James Yarran, Leroy Daniel Smith, and Ross James Boag have each been charged with one murder charge, three kidnapping charges and three armed robbery charges.

UPDATE: the charges against the three accused men were downgraded to unlawful killing from the original murder charges.

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The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on this page.

At the time of posting, 94.9% of women killed in Australia in 2016 were killed by men (37 of the total 39 deaths), with 9 missing or dead women on the watch list.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.
Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at wimms@womenshoutoutaustralia.com or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia

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