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Police probe attack

Nasik Swami
Sunday, January 12, 2014

AUSTRALIAN police investigators are now sifting through a very large amount of information provided by members of the public in relation to the discovery of a former Fiji woman found severely burnt in bushland in New South Wales.

NSW Green Valley Police Commander Detective Superintendent James Johnson yesterday confirmed they were extremely pleased with the response received from members of the public in relation to Monika Chetty's case.

"We are now placing small pieces of a large jigsaw together," SP Johnson said.

The 39-year-old Ms Chetty was found with burns so terrible she couldn't be physically identified.

She was found just metres from houses in West Hoxton on Friday evening.

Det-Supt Johnson said Ms Chetty was contaminated with some sort of chemical which resulted in 80 per cent burns to her body, including her face which was barely recognisable.

And Green Valley Police are appealing to all Fijians to come forward with any information about Ms Chetty who is homeless and has been living on the streets of Sydney for a number of years.

"We are seeking any person that knows this lady and can provide us with information of her exact whereabouts, especially in the past one month, to come forward to allow us to build a picture of where this lady has been and the circumstances leading up to her horrific injuries," Det-Supt Johnson said.

He said details were sketchy about the mother-of-three whose husband left her years ago.

Det-SuP Johnson said Ms Chetty was discovered by police after neighbours from the West Hoxton area reported sighting her in the bushland.

Ms Chetty is in an induced coma at Sydney's Concord Hospital in a critical condition.


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