Mother of six dies in Rosewood stabbing

A man has faced Ipswich Magistrates Court over the alleged stabbing murder of a Rosewood mother on Monday morning.
Nanjing Night Net

Michelle Reynolds, 46, was found stabbed to death in her home on the main street of the small suburb west of Ipswich.

Her 47-year-old partner, Wayne Ashley O’Sullivan, has been charged with murder and had his case briefly mentioned in the Ipswich Magistrates Court Tuesday morning.

Ms Reynolds was the mother of six children, who are now being cared for by friends and family.

Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said police attended the John Street address after paramedics were called by a person unrelated to the incident saying Ms Reynolds may be in need of help.

Ms Reynolds was found in a bedroom with multiple stab wounds. Inspector Strohfeldt confirmed none of her children were home when the incident occurred.

Police were searching for a weapon, believed to be a knife, which was later found on nearby train tracks.

Inspector Strohfedlt urged anyone with information about the incident to make themselves known to police.

“It is a small community and a tight-knit community,” Inspector Strohfeldt said.

“If anyone in the Rosewood area has heard any disturbance in the early hours of this morning in the vicinity of John Street, contact Crime Stoppers.”

Ipswich Councillor David Pahlke said the small community was in shock following the death of Ms Reynolds, who was relatively new to town.

“It’s a typical country town so when something like this happens it blows everyone away,” he said.

“Even my son who works at IGA, he served her. She was a nice lady.

“She made a very good impression on the town.”

Neighbour Shirley Stubbs also said Ms Reynolds was well-regarded in the community.

“She was a lovely, bubbly person, really nice,” she told reporters.

Ms Reynolds’ friends have paid tribute to the loving mother on Facebook.

“You will be sadly missed Michelle by all the lives you have touched, every smile you gave, every cuddle and every kiss you gave to the most important people in your life, your adored children,” one friend wrote.

Flowers have been placed on a fence at Ms Reynolds’ house, which remains a crime scene.

​O’Sullivan’s case will next be mentioned in court on May 4.

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