Police were called to a home in Beachcomber Avenue at about 3.30pm on Sunday after neighbours heard people fighting and someone screaming. Photo: Seven NewsPolice have arrested the formerpartner of Tina Kontozis, who was reportedlybashed to death with a cricket bat in her Bundeena home on Sunday.
Stephen Boyd, 51, was arrested and taken into police custody at 4.55pm on Monday in Braidwoodafter police spotted him driving down the Kings Highway.
Tina Kontozis died in a suspected violent domestic attack. Photo: Instagram
Police were called to thehome in Beachcomber Avenue about 3.30pm on Sundayafter neighbours heardfighting and screaming. It is believed Ms Kontozis, 51, was bashed to death with a cricket bat.
A 17-year-old boy sought refuge at a nearby homeand is in a satisfactory condition in hospital. It’s understood he suffered injuries to his armtrying to protect MsKontozis.
Police set up checkpoints and conducted anair searchof bushland in the surrounding Royal National Park.
Highway patrol officers spotted Mr Boyd’s car, a silver 2002 Holden Commodore sedan with NSW registration plates BZ 53 ZO,travelling along the Kings Highway at roughly 3.40pm.
Police followed the car and eventually stopped Mr Boyd on Wallace Street, Braidwood.
He was treated by paramedics for minor facial injuries and was taken to Queanbeyan Police Station.
More than 150 Bundeena locals gathered on JibbonBeach on Monday eveningin a moving candlelit vigil celebrating the life of Ms Kontozis.
“Tonight is Tina’s night and all about love and laughing,” saidlocalChrissieMcCann, one of the organisers of the gathering.”We are bigger than what has happened and we will overcome this.”
As forensic officersgathered evidence from the home on Monday, those affected by Ms Kontozis’s death leftbouquets of flowers bythe police tape cordoning off the street.”RIP Tina, a beautiful flower cut down too soon”, one card read.
Handpicked flowers were also left outside theGoanna Patch Kindergarten, where Ms Kontoziscared for a generation of Bundeena’s children.
A neighbour, Michael Vink, said the small communityhad been shocked by the violence, and saddened by the death of a popular resident.
“I don’t think you would find anybody that had a bad word to say about Tina,” he said.”She was delightful.We have a nine-year-old daughter who was taught by her at the preschool, as were so many children in the town. She always remembered every child by name and always had akind word and a smile.”
Detective Chief Inspector TerryO’Neill, theSutherland Local Area Command Crime Manager, said Mr Boyd was known to police, but would not comment on whether there was a history of domestic violence in the case.
Earlier on Monday he urged Mr Boyd to contact police, saying they had concerns for his welfare.”We have made a number of visits to friends and acquaintances of Mr Boyd in an attempt to establish where he is,” he said.
Sutherland police detectives were on their way to speak to Mr Boyd, NSW Police tweeted at 5.30pm.
Investigations are continuing.
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