A mother-of-two from Hobart has been identified as the woman who was allegedly murdered inside a Glenorchy home destroyed in an arson attack last week.
The charred remains of Alison Robinson, 39, were found inside the home after the blaze was extinguished, and the accused attacker, David George Evans, 40, faced court over the death on Monday.
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The house was “fully alight” when emergency services were called to Sanders St following reports of a fire about 7am on Friday.
A blue Mazda 6 sedan was also found alight 7km away on Park St, North Hobart, in what police said was a crime scene linked to the house fire.
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Evans was taken into custody at 1.45pm that day, and charged on Sunday with murder, arson, motor vehicle stealing and unlawfully setting fire to property.
The New Town man briefly appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court on Monday.
His appearance was punctuated with cries from the public gallery demanding to know whether Robinson suffered, and calling the accused a “dog”, 7NEWS understands.
Evans did not enter a plea to the charges, did not apply for bail, and was remanded in custody to next appear on February 1.
Tasmania Police Detective Acting Inspector Nick Bowden offered condolences to Robinson’s family as police appealed for witnesses
“Our thoughts remain with Ms Robinson’s loved ones, and they have requested privacy at this time,” he said.
“As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives are now appealing for further information from members of the public.”
Alison Robinson (left), 39, was allegedly murdered in a Glenorchy house fire on Friday morning. Credit: FacebookPolice are appealing for information about a blue Mazda 6 sedan (left) found alight 7km from the Glenorchy crime scene (right). Credit: 7NEWS
Police are still searching for “a person in dark clothing, carrying a dark backpack and travelling on or with a light-coloured mountain bike” near the car fire crime scene.
Anyone who spotted the person, or the Mazda 6, or who has CCTV or dashcam footage of them between Park St, North Hobart and Pirie St, New Town between 7am and 7.30am on Friday is urged to contact Glenorchy CIB on 131 444.
Robinson was remembered in social media posts online as “a beautiful, kind soul”.
Her sister shared heartbroken words on the day of Robinson’s death: “Today will always be in my mind the worst day of my life.”
“I just won’t be the same. I’ve lost a piece of me. I can’t talk about it, I miss you my darling baby sister and I won’t rest until those who have wronged you see the fair justice that they deserve. Fly high.”
– With AAP