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Ambush: Police say boy, 10, watched as mother fatally stabbed his father

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A mother has been accused of ambushing her former partner and stabbing him to death in front of their 10-year-old son in Brisbane.

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Queensland Police will allege the woman, 53, lay in wait for the man at his home in a unit block in Newmarket on Wednesday night.

As father and son walked towards the building stairwell from a car, the 51-year-old was attacked.

Police allege the woman sprayed him with an unknown substance and stabbed him repeatedly, including in the neck, as he tried to get away and ran into the street.

“He attempted to flee and … he got a short distance away onto the roadway and we will allege it was there that he was further injured with … a knife,” Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said on Thursday.

“The child was seen running away from that.”

The child lived with his father after the parents separated five years ago.

Det Supt Fleming said the mother had had limited contact with her son.

Police were not aware of any domestic violence-related issues involving the former couple.

“My understanding is the male victim had no reason to suspect he would be set upon last night,” Det Supt Fleming told reporters.

“We will allege this was brutal, unforeseen by the victim, and just tragic in all regards.

“There is a child that is without a father, and without a mother. It brings me great sadness to talk about that.”

Police will also allege the woman had a replica gun and used it to ward off people trying to help the victim.

“We will allege (they) were sufficiently intimidated by her behaviour that they stayed away,” Det Supt Fleming said.

The woman, from Kangaroo Point, has been charged with murder and other offences and faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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