North Parramatta: Woman found in acid bath identified

A woman found dead in a bath of acid in a Sydney unit has been identified along with her boyfriend who has been arrested.

A woman found dead in a bath of acid in an apartment Sydney’s west has been identified as Aminah Hayat, while her boyfriend has been arrested.

She was discovered at her unit on Pennant Hills Rd at North Parramatta around 4.30pm on Sunday after her family called police concerned about her welfare.

Police released an image of the man and the truck he was believed to have been driving after his partner was found dead in their unit.

Following a citywide manhunt, Meraj Zafar, was arrested. The Daily Telegraph reports Zafar was recently accused of domestic violence against Ms Hayat’s family.

The 20-year-old presented himself to Bankstown Police Station where he was arrested. He is currently being questioned.

His Fuso tipper truck was towed from a Bunnings store on Monday afternoon.

Pictures from news photographers show there was a roll of silver duct tape, a bottle of Yakult probiotic milk and face masks in front of the truck.

A green leaf-shaped air freshener hung from the rear view mirror and along the dashboard was a kind of religious artifact made of wood and inscribed with Middle Eastern writing and the face of a bearded man.

The Mitsubishi Fuso tipper truck with NSW registration MAKKAC ​​is believed to be “registered to a business known to the man”.

The truck was seized in Greenacre and will undergo forensic examination.

Superintendent Julie Boon said officers forced entry to the unit where they found the woman’s body in the bathroom.

“I can confirm there were chemicals found inside the unit’s bathroom,” she said on Monday.

Superintendent Boon said the investigation was still in its early stages, with police canvassing neighbors and nearby witnesses.

Police formed Strike Force Jenola to investigate with detectives from Parramatta PAC and the State Crime Command’s homicide squad.

Earlier on Monday, police released an image and description of the woman’s partner, prompting him to turn himself in to police.

Superintendent Boon confirmed the man was in a “domestic relationship” with the woman, but no children were inside the home.

The scene was “very challenging” for arriving police, who retreated and called Hazmat officers to assess the chemicals found in the bathroom.

The woman’s body was removed from the unit around midnight.

Police surrounded the unit block throughout Monday, with both uniformed and plainclothes officers going in and out of the building.

Toiletries can be seen from the window of the bathroom as police grouped together on the street.

Images show the brick building roped off by police tape as investigators work to examine evidence from the unit.

Forensic officers can be seen taking crime scene samples from a young cat which was taken out of the apartment and cleaned.

Police rifled through bins for evidence and took photos as they pieced together what happened to the woman.

Superintendent Boon is urging anyone who was in the vicinity of Pennant Hills Rd or the unit on Sunday who heard anything out of the ordinary to contact police.

“Our second appeal is to anyone who sees the man whose image has been released is to report that to police or if they know the man to encourage him to come forward so he can assist us with our inquiries,” she said.

Locals have reported hearing screaming in the hours before police arrived on the scene.

Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are continuing.

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