On 10th November, police discovered the bodies of Shelsea Schilling, 20, and Bronson Ellery in a Gold Coast apartment.
It is believed that Bronson, a 24 year old man known to police and reportedly a former Bikie “enforcer”, killed Shelsea in the days before they were found, before killing himself.
A witness later confirmed that she had witnessed Bronson kill Shelsea and then himself inside the unit.
Shelsea had had apparently spoken to friends of her fear of Bronson, against whom she had a domestic violence order from September 2015. His breach of the order in November 2015 resulted in him serving 3 months in jail, until January 2016.
Our deepest condolences go to Shelsea’s family and friends.
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, 92% of the alleged killers of women in Australia in 2016 were male (67 of the total 73 alleged perpetrators), with 13 missing or dead women on the watch list. 94% of women were killed, where known, by male perpetrators (or male and female perpetrators).
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.
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