A teenage worker has been charged with murder after a post-mortem showed a 70-year-old resident at a nursing home in Albany, Western Australia, had been strangled.
Monica Stockdale, a resident at Baptistcare Bethel Residential Care, died on November 28.
Jacob Hoysted, a 19-year-old from Orana, was taken into custody Friday following a police investigation. He was charged with her murder on Saturday.
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Police said the circumstances of the woman’s death only became clear after a post-mortem revealed she died of strangulation.
Baptistcare said the death shocked the community and is working closely with police.
“Baptistcare would like to offer its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Miss Monica Stockdale,” acting joint CEO Amanda Vivian said in a statement Saturday.
“Her tragic death has shocked everyone who lives and works at Baptistcare Bethel Residential Care in Albany, as well as the broader Great Southern Community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew and loved Miss Stockdale.
Ms Vivian said Baptistcare brought in specialist consultants to support the community.
“Supporting our residents, staff and their families at Bethel Residential Care during this difficult time is our immediate priority,” she said.
Hoysted appeared before Northbridge Magistrates Court on Saturday.
https://7news.com.au/news/crime/post-mortem-examination-finds-albany-aged-care-resident-strangled-c-9268595 The post-mortem found the Albany aged care resident was strangled