Tatiana Dokhotaru died hours after calling 000. Her ex partner has been charged with murder.

Content warning: This story includes mentions domestic violence and may be distressing to some readers. 

34-year-old Tatiana Dokhotaru was found dead inside a Sydney apartment on May 27, 2023, nearly 24 hours after police received a triple zero call from an anonymous woman.

Police were called to an apartment block in Liverpool, in western Sydney, around 11.45pm on Friday, following reports of a domestic dispute via an anonymous phone call. 

The distressed caller did not specify her address.

Hours later, officers arrived at the unit block around 3am on Saturday morning, but were unable to find the apartment where the incident had occurred.

At about 8pm on Saturday night, police were called back to the Liverpool unit block, where Dokhotaru was found dead. 

According to 9News, the 34-year-old was found with severe head injuries. A young child was also present at the scene when officers arrived.

This week, Dokhotaru's 28-year-old estranged partner Danny Zayat was arrested and charged with her murder, following a three-month investigation. 

He was refused bail ahead of a court appearance in Penrith.

The pair were in a relationship for five years, a court heard in June, but in May 2022, Dokhotaru took out an apprehended violence order against him.


On May 26, 2023, Zayat smashed Dokhotaru's television, causing her to ring triple-zero, but police were unable to locate which apartment in the Liverpool apartment tower the call was coming from, the court was told.

"He's bashing me," she allegedly told the operator during the call.

Police allege the call ended abruptly when Dokhotaru's phone was hurled out of the apartment window.

Investigators previously appealed for public help in recovering the device.

A separate internal police investigation is looking into all other circumstances surrounding the triple-zero call and subsequent death of Ms Dokhotaru.

Dokhotaru is one of 36 women to be allegedly killed by violence in Australia this year, according to Destroy the Joint.

- With AAP. 

If this has raised any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 

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