Man Murders Woman 2017 – 1 January 2017


The first man has been charged in relation to the death of a woman in Australia in 2017.
27 year old Teakura Tapaki has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and unlicensed driving.
It is alleged that in the early hours of January 1 2017, he argued with his mother Amelie Ura Tapaki (also named as Amelie Tapu), 64. Following the argument he allegedly hit her with a car he was driving before fleeing the scene.
Amelie was taken to Cairns hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Police opposed Teakura’s bail application citing risks to his family, advising the court that he was on bail for “a large number of serious, driving and domestic violence charges” at the time of his mother’s death.

We extend our deepest condolences to Amelie’s friends and family.


The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

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 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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