Husband arrested over wife's stabbing murder

QUEENSLAND'S deadly domestic violence shame has claimed another victim, with a husband allegedly murdering his wife in a quiet neighbourhood in Brisbane's north.

Mauryeen Kenny, 69, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband Brian at their home on Remick St, Stafford Heights, early on Saturday.

Mr Kenny is understood to have phoned police just moments after the incident.

Emergency services arrived at the scene about 9.20am to find Mrs Kenny dead with multiple stab wounds.

Murder accused Brian Kenny, 68 and victim Mauryeen Kenny, 69
Murder accused Brian Kenny, 68 and victim Mauryeen Kenny, 69 Supplied

Police arrested Mr Kenny at the scene and he was later charged with one count of murder.

The murder comes days after the Queensland Audit Office revealed a scathing report showing a $2 million scheme to tackle the state's domestic violence scourge was shelved by the Government only for more women to die at the hands of their violent partners.

Queensland accounted for a quarter of the nation's domestic violence deaths in 2016.

The scheme to streamline domestic violence orders was among a raft of projects under the Integrated Justice Information Strategy stretching back to 2002 which were shelved, scaled back or delayed.

Acting inspector Catherine Jones said the latest DV incident was upsetting for many in the neighbourhood.

"I haven't spoken to many people but I can imagine they'd be very upset," she said.

Police said they were following up on reports that the couple were involved in arguments in the past.

"We haven't been called to this location previously but we will be following up on that line of inquiry," Acting inspector Jones said.

The couple, aged in their 60s, were described by their neighbours as being as "normal as anyone else".

One neighbour - who wished to remain anonymous - said she was devastated when she first heard the news. "I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," she said.

"Mauryeen was one of the most thoughtful, generous and caring people I've had the pleasure of knowing."

Another neighbour by the name of Steve said he knew Mr Kenny to be a regular, decent bloke.

"Brian was just your average bloke," he said.

"I'd always see him out walking the dog. I really can't believe something like this has happened, let alone (at the Kenny's home)."

Mr Kenny is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

To report abuse or seek advice phone 1800 respect or DV Connect on 1800 811 811

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