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A woman found dead in an apartment in Newcastle had been stabbed numerous times and had a meat cleaver embedded in her neck, police say.
Police charged a 30-year-old Chinese national with murder after finding the 30-year-old woman in the lounge room of a Brown Street apartment in inner Newcastle, just before 3.30am (local time) on Monday.
The man was arrested at the scene.
Yesterday, Newcastle police told AAP the woman had multiple stab wounds and a meat cleaver lodged in her neck.
Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Waugh of Newcastle City Police said the victim and her alleged attacker knew each other, but he did not elaborate on the nature of the relationship.
He confirmed reports of an argument and said a triple-0 call had been made.
The accused man was refused bail and is due to front Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday.