Mother-of-three Tara Costigan was murdered in her home on Saturday. Her ex-partner has appeared in court charged with her murder.
Warning: This post contains details of domestic violence and may be distressing for some readers.
A week ago Tara Costigan was celebrating.
She had just given birth to her daughter, Ayla. Her family compete. Her two boys had a beautiful baby sister.
“A precious little Angel” Tara wrote on Facebook.
Just one week ago Tara Costigan was inhaling the scent of her newborn daughter and embracing her sons aged 9 and 11.
Now she is dead. Killed, police alleged at the hands of her ex-partner. Another victim, another statistic another heartbreaking tale of domestic violence.
28-year old mother-of-three Tara Costigan from Calwell in the ACT died on Saturday afternoon.
Police reports in the Sunday newspapers wrote of a 40-year old man who had been charged with murder after the body of the young mother was found with severe head injures and an axe beside her on the laundry floor at the rear of the Duggan Street villa where she lived.
The 40-year old man arrested was Tara Costigan’s ex-partner, Marcus Rappel.
In court yesterday Rappel was charged with charged with murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm, and contravening a protection order.
It alleged he forced his way into the home of Tara Costigan, killing the young mother of three with the axe, while inflicting grievous bodily harm on a second woman, and seriously assaulting a another man who was present in the home.
The Canberra Times reports that Tara had sought court protection from her ex-partner on Friday – a day before she was violently killed. The interim domestic violence order was granted by the magistrate, but it is unclear whether Rappel was served with the order by police.
What is clear is that Tara Costigan was a victim of domestic violence. In the ACT Magistrates Court, supporters of Tara had to be restrained from running at Rappell. The Canberra Times reports, “one yelled “don’t you look at us you piece of s—” when the accused turned around. “
“A beautiful mother”
On social media friends and family have struggled to find an outlet for their grief. A fundraising page set up by friend Emma Luke quickly gathered pace raising over $20,000 in the first eight hours.