Two men charged with murder following investigation into death of woman - Menai

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 12:23:52 PM

Two men have been charged with murder following an investigation by Homicide Squad detectives into the suspicious death of a woman in Sydney’s south last year.

Just before 5.15pm on Wednesday 29 July 2020, police were called to bushland near Sandy Point Quarry off Heathcote Road, Menai, after a woman’s body was found by a member of the public.

The woman was identified as 33-year-old Najma Carroll.

Initial inquiries were conducted by Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, before detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Dalcassia.

Detectives were also assisted by officers from across the Central Metropolitan Region and NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC) during the investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and arrested a 57-year-old man about 8.30am yesterday (Tuesday 6 April 2021).

The man was charged with murder and remanded in custody.

About 8.30am today, investigators returned to the correctional facility and arrested a 43-year-old man.

The man was also charged with murder and remanded in custody.

Both men are due to appear at Sutherland Local Court via AVL today (Wednesday 7 April 2021).

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said the arrests are the result of tenacious work by detectives and support from members of the public.

“During the investigation, police identified that the last known sighting of Ms Carroll was when she left a hotel at Liverpool on Saturday 11 July 2020 about 7.30pm,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“This was over two weeks before her body was discovered 15km away at Menai with horrific injuries.

“Following investigations, two men have now been charged over their alleged roles in the death of Ms Carroll, who was in the prime of her life.

“While we have been able to deliver some justice for Namja and her family, detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Najma Carroll’s mother thanked all those that played a role in the two men being brought to justice.

“I would like to thank the man that found Najma, the support from the Homicide Victim support group and the police investigating her death,” Najma’s mum said.

“Najma was my beloved daughter who has a loving, generous and courageous spirit.

“Najma struggled with addiction from her teenage years, but she never resorted to crime to feed that addiction.

“We need to educate our sons and daughters that violence towards women is not acceptable and that culture needs to change.

“I thank everyone who has come forward and urge anyone with more information to contact police.”

Inquiries under Strike Force Dalcassia are continuing.

Anyone with information that could assist strike force detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.