Police seek murder insight

LIMESTONE Coast Police have urged the public to come forward with information regarding the relationship between a Mount Gambier man and woman after 44-year-old mother-of-three, Rachel Martin, was found dead in a Chestnut Close home on Sunday.

Luke Raymond Simpson, 34, was arrested and charged with the murder in what police allege is a domestic violence-related murder.

The accused appeared via video link in the Magistrates Court on Monday and will remain in custody until his next court appearance in October. He did not apply for bail.

Speaking in a press conference prior to Monday’s court hearing, Limestone Coast officer in charge Superintendent Campbell Hill said police were still trying to understand the dynamic of the relationship between the deceased and the accused.

“The occupants of the house were known to each other,” he said.

“We are still working through the relationships and we are still working through the investigation in terms of speaking to friends and acquaintances and really trying to make an appreciation of the wider context of the nature of the relationship.”

Supt Hill encouraged anyone with information to contact the police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.