Dead mother had planned to move

Linda Locke's daughter says her mother had planned to leave Sydney two months before her death after being allegedly bashed by her partner.

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The increase in "knife crimes" in Australia is posing new challenges for emergency specialists. (AAP)

Two months ago Linda Locke devised a plan to leave her Sydney home and move in with her daughter in northern NSW.

But the time for her to move came and went.

Calls from her daughter, Elisha Locke, went unanswered and the grandmother of five died overnight on Tuesday after being allegedly beaten by her partner of 20 years, Jamie Christopher Walker.

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Ms Locke, 51, has become the 34th women in Australia to die from violence this year, according to advocacy group Counting Dead Women.

Her daughter is now grappling with what could have been done to prevent her mother's death.

Elisha, 30, knows her mother had unlimited support from her children.

"She had every intention to (move) in February but when I tried to contact her she just never came," she told AAP through tears.

Elisha described Ms Locke as a loving mother and a strong woman who stood her ground.

Ms Locke had lived in the Quakers Hill home where she was found battered and bruised on Monday with 46-year-old Walker, her partner of about five years.

After an argument in the early hours, paramedics arrived to find Ms Locke with a severely bruised face, head injuries and a collapsed lung.

Walker appeared briefly in Blacktown Local Court on Tuesday, charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but didn't apply for bail.

Police expect to lay more charges.

This year an average of two women per week have died in Australia as a result of violence.


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Published 29 April 2015 at 7:46am
Source: AAP