Charges laid over Midland and South Guildford deaths


The house in Nyinda Entrance, South Guildford, is blocked off by police as the Major Crime Squad investigate the scene in the backyard of the property.  Picture: Sally McGlew
The house in Nyinda Entrance, South Guildford, is blocked off by police as the Major Crime Squad investigate the scene in the backyard of the property. Picture: Sally McGlew

After a granddaughter alerted police last week to the remains of her grandmother in the backyard, police charged the 55-year-old daughter with interfering with a corpse to hinder inquiry into the investigation of the death of her mother, a 76-year-old woman she lived with in the South Guildford house in Nyinda Entrance.

She was remanded in custody in Midland’s Magistrates Court on Friday and is due to reappear there on April 22.

Police also refused bail on a 36-year-old man charged with the murder of a 42-year-old woman at a unit in Cooper Street, Midland.

Major Crime Squad detectives charged him after St John Ambulance answered a call to attend the unit complex on Wednesday afternoon, March 9.

Ambulance officers called Midland Police to the Cooper Street unit about 3.30pm and conveyed the 42-year-old-woman to hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The man is believed to have been in a relationship with the deceased, named as Jody Websdale, a mother of four children, now adults.

Her son, Kirk Ugle (23), plays football for Swan Districts in the WAFL and played for Collingwood in the AFL in 2011-12.

The Swan Districts Football Club has set up a fundraising page for the children of Mrs Websdale.

It can be found at GoFundMe and has been organised to assist Ugle and his three sisters, Sky, Courtney and Maddy.

The club has planned a fundraising event next Saturday night.

A third man, who was associated with the Cooper Street couple, also assisted police with their inquiries.

The 36-year-old man appeared in the Midland Magistrates Court on Friday.

He was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on April 4.

The remains of the 76-year-old woman were discovered last Wednesday when the 21-year-old granddaughter returned to the house after a period of time away.

Major Crime squad detectives cordoned off the scene for the next 72 hours.

The three women all lived at the same property.

Police were able to confirm, pending the outcome of forensic examination, that the remains did belong to the grandmother.