Jasmine Cooper's body was found at a house in Coronation
St, Te Hana, about 4am yesterday after worried neighbours
called police. Photo / Sarah Ivey
A mother of one killed in a suspected domestic incident
had texted her sister saying someone was "creeping around" her
house - but it wasn't read until it was too late to help.
The New Zealand Herald understands a man allegedly
used a rock to assault 26-year-old Jasmine Cooper at a
Coronation St house in the small town of Te Hana, just north
Neighbours called police after becoming concerned about a
woman at the home, but stayed inside.
Ms Cooper was dead when police arrived at the house yesterday
soon after 4am. Her child was not there.
Shortly after, police arrested a 40-year-old man known to
her. He was at a house on Southgate Rd in Warkworth, about
Police could not comment on the specifics of the death, but
several people close to those involved said a rock had been
used as a weapon.
Ms Cooper's sister Crystal told TV3 she received a text from
her sister overnight saying someone she knew was "creeping
around her house and wouldn't go away".
But her phone was flat and she didn't read the text until she
woke up in the morning and it was too late.
Her brother Zak Cooper told the network: "She was the best
sister anyone could have asked for. I'm never, ever going to
celebrate Christmas now."
A man is expected to appear in the North Shore District Court
today and is likely to face assault or more serious charges.
A post-mortem examination was expected to be held today to
establish how Ms Cooper died.
Police were carrying out scene examinations at both
Ms Cooper's death comes just days after police appealed for
victims of domestic violence to seek help over Christmas
"before situations escalate out of control".
They said domestic violence was always a concern, but
especially over holiday periods when stress tended to cause a
rise in incidents.
The chief executive of Women's Refuge, Heather Henare, said
about 2000 New Zealand women and children experienced
domestic violence over the Christmas period.
"The festive season provides a variety of challenges for
violent or potentially violent households," she said. "Money
stresses, families spending more time together and alcohol
can all contribute to a cocktail of violence and
- Anna Leask