#38 – Man Murders Woman 2016

Rhonda Baker

It’s with much sadness and dismay we report the 38th woman killed by male violence in Australia this year, the 4th woman in 2 weeks.

Rhonda Baker, 26, died following an alleged domestic violence attack at Liverpool in Sydney’s West.

Ms Baker allegedly had suffered months of violence at the hands of her boyfriend, Onitolosi Latu, 28, who allegedly bashed Ms Baker to death in their two-bedroom apartment in Bathurst Street, Liverpool, in the early hours of Sunday 7 August, following ongoing domestic abuse.

Police were called to their home about 4.30am on Sunday and found NSW Ambulance Paramedics treating a woman with serious head injuries. Mr Latu told them Ms Baker, 26, had suffered a fit or a seizure.

When paramedics arrived at the unit on Sunday morning they found her unconscious with severe head injuries. It’s understood they immediately called police. “She was found unconscious. Paramedics administered CPR and successfully revived her, but unfortunately she later died in hospital,” he said

Mr Latu was arrested by officers and later charged with murder.

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

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Background:

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, 95% of women killed in Australia in 2016 were killed by men (38 of the total 40 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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