The distraught fiancé of an Adelaide real estate agent fatally stabbed in Plympton said the state’s mental health system failed both the mother of two and her alleged attacker.
Julie “Julez” Seed, 38, died after she and her colleague, Susan Scardigno, were allegedly stabbed by a person not known to them at their real estate office on Wednesday, December 20.
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Scardigno, 50, remains in a stable condition in hospital with serious injuries.
Police have charged Shaun Michaels Dunk, 30, with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
SA Health said Dunk was subject to a mental health detention order but was discharged from Royal Adelaide Hospital on December 18 following a clinical decision.
Julie Seed with her fiance Chris Smith. Credit: Supplied
Seed’s fiancé, Chris Smith, said his partner and Dunk were both failed by the health system.
“We are all devastated and distraught by the actions of someone that the health system has obviously failed,” Smith said.
The state’s chief psychiatrist and an independent interstate expert will review Dunk’s case.
“We are absolutely committed to improving the system and if this comes up with failings or changes that need to be made then we will absolutely do so,” Health Minister Chris Picton said.
Seed was a property manager with the REAL Estate Agents Group.
Smith said his life with Seed and her two children was happy and complete, before it was all taken away.
“(She) lit up a room wherever she went. (She was) a beautiful, caring and heartwarming soul,” he said.
Shaun Michaels Dunk, 30, was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. Credit: 7NEWS
Seed’s friends said she had just found her dream job before she was allegedly murdered.
They have set up an online fundraiser to support her family with the cost of her funeral and bringing relatives to Australia from the United Kingdom.
“She had a heart of gold and she was a brilliant mother. (She) did not deserve anything like this,” Seed’s friend Daniel Methofer said.
Dunk has been remanded in custody to appear in court in March.