Two weeks before her death Sharon Michelutti took out yet another apprehended domestic violence order against her partner.
It was just another in a string of ADVOs she had taken out against Gavin Debeyer since the 1990’s.
But it didn’t save her.
Last week the mother of five was stabbed to death allegedly at the hands of Gavin Debeyer at their home in Sydney’s south-west.
The adult son of mother-of-five Sharon Michelutti was heard screaming “Is she still in there? My dad killed her, didn’t he?”as he tried to duck under police tape cordoning off the family home turned crime scene.
Ms Michelutti’s body was discovered in her bedroom with stab wounds shortly after midday last Monday.
She was reportedly found deceased by another son, who ran down the street screaming. A neighbour said the son could barely speak but made a hand gesture across his throat when asked what was wrong.
Court documents allege Mr Debeyer murdered his partner between 9.45am and 12.04pm on Monday.
Two weeks before her death a 12-month ADVO was issued to protect Ms Michelutti from Mr Debeyer the conditions on the ADVO stated that Mr Debeyer not approach Ms Michelutti or her home within 12 hours of drinking or taking drugs.
The order came after a previous ADVO, made in 2013, expired.
It was the latest in a string of orders that police had taken out on Ms Michelutti’s behalf, rolling over time and time again to help protect her since 1999.
The two had been in a relationship since Ms Michelutti was 14, with many neighbours now coming forward saying there was violent pattern of domestic violence inside the home.
Neighbour Markita Galea told media the couple fought “a lot, at least weekly”.
Another who did not want to be named said she heard them fighting at the home twice last week.
The tragic death of Ms Michelutti brings to the fore, once again, the ineffectiveness of protection orders with research showing that last year alone men breached more than 4000 ADVOs.