The estranged partner of a pregnant mother-of-two found dead inside his Melbourne home earlier this month has been charged with her murder.
Michelle Darragh, 32, was expecting her third child when her lifeless body was found at her former partner’s Bayswater North home in Melbourne’s east on October 9.
The mother-of-two was discovered by her father lying beside a bloodied pile of clothes and her injured ex-partner Benjamin Coman, 29.
Police confirmed Michelle Darragh’s estranged partner Benjamin Coman has been charged with her murder on Tuesday
Michelle Darragh, 32 (pictured), died at her former partner’s Bayswater North home 28km east of Melbourne’s city centre on October 9
Mr Coman was rushed to hospital in a critical condition where he remained under police guard until he could be interviewed by homicide detectives.
Victoria Police confirmed on Tuesday the 29-year-old has been charged with murder to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
The couple, who once lived at the address with their two young boys, recently separated after five years together.
Ms Darragh had been living with her parents at The Basin when she returned to the Bayswater north home on October 9 to collect some of her belongings.
Her father decided to check on his daughter after he grew concerned when she failed to return home earlier that afternoon.
A neighbour reported Ms Darragh’s dad climbed the back fence when he couldn’t enter through the front door before making the tragic discovery.
The couple had recently separated when the mother-of-two returned to the Bayswater North home to collect some of her belongings
Ms Darragh’s heartbroken family said: ‘She lived for her kids and family and always put other people first in front of her own self’
Heartbroken family said they want her to be remembered as ‘the most beautiful soul that you could ever get,’ a family member told The Age.
‘She lived for her kids and family and always put other people first in front of her own self.
‘We will always remember her beautiful nature and her infectious smile that lit the room up when she walked into it.’
They said she adored her two sons and was a dedicated, loving mother.
A neighbour of the deceased woman said he saw the victim’s parents outside the house crying.
Neighbour Trent Falahey said he saw Ms Darragh’s distraught parents crying outside the home before the woman’s mother asked if he had ‘heard anything’.
‘You don’t expect these things to happen in your neighbourhood,’ he told the Herald Sun.
He said they were a ‘fantastic’ and ‘lovely couple’ who had been at the property for about four years.
‘They were great neighbours … it is a pretty tight neighbourhood we all know each other,’ he said.