Woman dead after recent romance with friend turned violent, police say

A woman is dead after her recent romance turned fatally violent at an apartment in Sydney’s western suburbs on Monday afternoon, police say.

Neighbours of 28-year-old Dayna Isaac, a mother of two, called police on Monday after hearing a disturbance in her apartment on Colless Street, Penrith. But officers who initially attended the scene left after knocking on the door and getting no answer.

Dayna Isaac, 28, was a mother of two.

It wasn’t until the mother of Isaac’s new boyfriend, 32-year-old Paul Sultana, went to check on her around 4.15pm that she made the tragic discovery of Isaac’s body.

The woman reported Isaac’s death at Penrith police station and an investigation was launched by Nepean Police Area Command, who set up a crime scene at the apartment block. Isaac’s car was later found burnt-out in bushland in the nearby suburb of Castlereagh.

Nepean Police Area Commander Carlene Mahoney told reporters on Tuesday morning that a risk assessment was undertaken before arresting Sultana at his home in Cranebrook about 3.25am.

“As a result of our intelligence we did get specialist police from the Tactical Operations Unit to affect the arrest in the early hours of this morning,” she said.

Paul Sultana was arrested at his home in Cranebrook about 3.25am on Tuesday.

“We are aware that there was a relationship between the two.

“It was a long relationship as a friendship and recently become more intimate over the last couple of months and that’s as far as we’re aware.”

Mahoney said there was no history of domestic violence between Sultana and Isaac, and would not comment on why Sultana’s mother went to check on her. Investigators are still waiting to interview Sultana.

Mahoney would not elaborate on the nature of Isaac’s injuries, but said police are not looking for a weapon.

Forensic investigators were still examining both the crime scene on Tuesday morning, as neighbours expressed shock at what had occurred in the low-rise apartment complex.

Police at the unit block where at woman’s body was found in Penrith.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Investigators were also combing through Sultana’s home. He is in custody at Penrith police station.

Police said the woman’s burnt-out car was found in bushland near Post Office Road in Castlereagh, about a 15-minute drive from her apartment.

Isaac’s burnt-out car was found in bushland about a 15-minute drive from her Penrith apartment.

The car was seized by police and will be forensically examined.

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