A 35-year-old Bangladeshi woman and her ex-partner, likely of Indian origin, were found dead inside a house in Australia with police suspecting it to be a case of murder-suicide.
Tasmin Bahar had recently separated from her partner of six years, Dave Pillay, and moved out of the home they shared with their three-year-old daughter, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But it was Father’s Day on Sunday and, despite the relationship troubles they had recently endured, Bahar agreed that their three-year-old daughter should share part of the special day with her dad, her family said.
Bahar drove her daughter to the weatherboard home they had previously shared in Smithfield, western Sydney, for the meeting on Sunday.
On the same day, a relative visited the house and found the bodies of Bahar and Pillay inside a bathroom, the daily said.
The child was found sleeping in the house and was not physically injured.
Homicide Squad detectives are treating the case as a possible murder-suicide.
Bahar’s sister, Sharagin Bahar, said she was in utter shock at the sudden death of her sister, and was flying to their home country of Bangladesh and then on to Sydney, hoping to take custody of her niece, who had now lost both of her parents.
“(Bahar) was perfectly fine when I talked to her two days before,” Sharagin said.
“I am so lost. I just want to take my niece into my custody, I want her with me. I’ll take care of her. I’ll do whatever is best for her,” she said.
Police said no other people were wanted over the deaths and the investigation was ongoing.
Sharagin said her sister had been in a relationship with Pillay for about six years and had told her that Pillay had allegedly physically threatened her and her daughter in the past.
Bahar also told her that she had filed a report with police about the threats, Sharagin alleged.
Several weeks ago Bahar moved out of the house with their daughter and rented her own apartment, she said.