#63 – Man Murders Woman 2016


We are sad to report the death of the 63rd woman from known or presumed male violence.
James Ray Samuel Mabo, 19, was charged with the murder of Rosemary Russo, 59.
After hearing a disturbance at her Deeragun home shortly after midnight on 8th December 2016, neighbours called police assistance before attempting to help her.
The brutal attack, allegedly carried out by James Mabo, left her with such severe facial injuries that she died at the scene, traumatising neighbours who tried to save her.  Items possibly related to the attack were found in nearby long grass although police have since noted that it is possible that no weapons were involved in the savage attack.
Rosemary was a well known member of the community, running a child care centre from her home.
We extend our condolences to Rosemary’s friends and family.

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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, 92% of the alleged killers of women in Australia in 2016 were male (69 of the total 75 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.

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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