Jan 12, 2021

77-year-old man found dead as woman faces court charged with murder

On 20 December, 77-year-old Peter McCarthy was found dead in his home after concerns for his welfare were raised. 

The retired solicitor had suffered severe head and facial injuries in his home, with his wallet and bag missing. 

The 77-year-old was last seen leaving Club York in Sydney’s CBD on 16 December 2020. As a daily patron of the club, concerns were raised when he didn’t show up for several days. Mr McCarthy was found dead in his home by his ex-wife who went to check on him. 

“Mr McCarthy suffered severe head and facial injuries but I won’t go into circumstances of what was used,” NSW Police Homicide Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told the media.

“There’s very significant forensic and physical evidence to make this a strong and compelling case,” he said.

A 46-year-old woman who lives in the same South Coogee unit block was arrested yesterday and charged with Mr McCarthy’s murder.

“I didn’t do this,” she said to news cameras as she was removed from her home in handcuffs. 

“Peter was my friend, I was there on my birthday,” she said.

She has also been charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, and is set to face Waverly Court. 

Mr McCarthy’s son, James, released a statement following the discovery of his father’s body. 

“Our family is devastated and still coming to terms with the loss of our father and grandfather, Peter,” he said.

“We have all been deeply affected by this tragedy, especially at what should be a time of celebration and joy this Christmas.”

Detective Superintendent Doherty said that while the family were still grieving the loss of Mr McCarthy, they were thankful for the news of an arrest. 

“I think it’s mixed emotions for them — they have just gone through Christmas without a father and a grandfather and it’s at a point where any arrest is welcome,” he said.

“They’re still getting over the grief of losing Peter but they are thankful for the police inquiries to date and also the community’s help.”

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