Alana Martin’s pride was obvious when she posted about the first day of the school year last week.
“My big man and littlest man starting high school and kindy today,” the mother of four wrote on Facebook, accompanied with a picture of the two boys with beaming smiles.
“Big year for us all this year.”
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Less than a week later, the Queensland mum was dead aged 30.
And it was allegedly due to a societal scourge that Martin had, in October 2022, called to “end”.
“#breakthesilence. End domestic violence,” read a banner superimposed over her profile picture.
Queensland woman Alana Martin was allegedly murdered by her partner. Credit: Facebook
Martin’s partner, 43-year-old Daniel Noel Holm, has been charged with her murder, with police alleging the aggravating factor that it occurred in domestic violence circumstances.
He was remanded in custody after appearing via video-link in Maryborough Magistrates Court on Monday.
About 5.30pm on Sunday, Holm went to Maryborough Police Station.
What he allegedly told officers there has not been revealed, but it led them to find Martin’s body in her Owanyilla home.
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How she was murdered, including the nature of her injuries, are being determined by police.
“The investigation is still in its infancy. The forensic examination at the scene has only just commenced,” Detective Inspector Wade Lee said on Monday.
“So we don’t have proper understanding of the nature of the cause of death.
“Obviously we will also rely on the post-mortem (examination) for the inquiries.”
Martin was found dead in a home in Owanyilla, near Maryborough. Credit: 7NEWS
Holm has been “co-operative” with police since handing himself in, according to the detective.
He is next due to appear in court on March 25.
Police have appealed for anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage of Martin’s silver-green Toyota Camry on Old Gympie Rd at Owanyilla, or the Bruce Hwy and Ferry St in Maryborough between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday to come forward.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.
In an emergency, call 000.Advice and counselling for men concerned about their use of family violence: Men’s Referral Service, 1300 766 491.