When a young woman named Mackenzie Anderson is found dead in outside her Newcastle unit, the circumstances behind her death sparks national outrage.
Who is Mackenzie Anderson? How did this 21 year old mother die at the hands of her ex-boyfriend?
On Friday, March 25th, at 10:40pm, the world was robbed of a beautiful, intelligent, and spirited young woman named Mackenzie Anderson.
She was 21 years old and the mother of an adorable little girl.
Mackenzie Anderson didn’t live to see her 22nd birthday as her life was tragically cut short when she was stabbed to death.
The story so far
Mackenzie Anderson, 21, was allegedly stabbed more than 20 times posted heartbreaking calls for help on social media days before she died.
She made a desperate call for help to police before she was found unresponsive outside her Newcastle unit about 10.40pm Friday.
The young woman’s ex-partner, 22-year-old Tyrone Thompson, is accused of unleashing the horrific attack after breaking into her home.
He was arrested and taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment to cuts on his hands before he was on Sunday charged with murder, breaching an AVO and aggravated enter dwelling with intent.
Ms Anderson had an AVO taken out on her former partner.
She posted videos of her son, referring to him as “my love bug” and “caterpillar” as well as videos with her new boyfriend and friends.
One of the videos was captioned “falling in love with life again” as she and a friend ran into the beach during a sunset.
Her friend Alice McEvoy posted a tribute to Ms Anderson on Monday morning, calling the young woman her “best friend and sister”.
“I am completely heart broken,” she wrote in the caption of the video, which included a collection of photos and videos of Ms Anderson.
“I will forever protect my godson & fight for justice for you kenz. I love you. This isn’t goodbye only see you later.”
Thompson was arrested at about 12.40am on Saturday and taken to hospital, where he received treatment for a hand injury believed to be related to the incident.
He was charged with murder, contravening an apprehended domestic violence order, and aggravated entry to a dwelling with intent.
Police allege that Thompson breached an apprehended domestic violence order on March 24 at Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast, the day before Ms Anderson was killed.
On Monday, Thompson was discharged from hospital and brought to Newcastle Local Court for a brief procedural mention.
He was represented by a Legal Aid solicitor and remained silent as he sat in the dock, wearing a short-sleeved green t-shirt and thick bandages covering his right hand and most of his forearm.