Tears flowed uncontrollably as the family of murder victim Lynette Bradbury spoke of their wife, mother, sister, daughter.
Mrs Bradbury, 56, was found dead by her husband Brian — bound at the hands and feet — in their Oatlands home on Halloween last year.
With today marking a year since the murder, the victim’s family appealed for anyone with information that might bring her killer to justice to come forward.
Her sister Suzanne Walker read a statement prepared by Mr Bradbury, who sat inconsolable next to her.
‘‘Today marks 366 days since I saw my beautiful wife,’’ Mr Bradbury’s letter said.
‘‘We were married in 1979 and in that entire time we only ever spent 48 hours apart at any given time.
‘‘Lynette was my life. She was the glue that kept our family together and without her, I only exist.
‘‘She was not only my best friend, she was an outstanding mother and grandmother.
‘‘We didn’t have a social life, our family was our life.
‘‘Someone entered our home and took all of that away from us.
‘‘Our lives will never be the same.
‘‘Lynette was murdered in the home we raised our family in.
‘‘This person brutally invaded our home and not only destroyed her life but our family’s lives.
‘‘This person is still at large.
‘‘Our family has made the decision to come out publicly and appeal for someone who knows what has happened to come forward, either openly or anonymously, to help us find justice for Lynette.’’
Mrs Bradbury’s four children, her two sisters and parents supported each other and Mr Bradbury throughout the press conference.
Her mother Dorothy Smith spoke about the pain her daughter’s murder had caused.
‘‘No parent should ever have to bury their own child,’’ she said.
‘‘My husband and I never thought we would be put in that position, and never by such tragic and unforgivable circumstance.
‘‘There could never have been more proud parents of three beautiful girls than us.
‘‘That such an important part of our family is no longer with us has caused such unbelievable pain.’’
Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said Mrs Bradbury had been found by her husband about 11.30pm last Halloween, when he arrived home from work at Westmead Hospital.
His wife also worked at the hospital as a ward clerk in the emergency department and she had arrived home from her shift about 4.30pm.
The pair crossed paths for about 20 minutes that afternoon and police have not yet pieced together the remaining hours of Mrs Bradbury’s life.
Detective Superintendent Willing said Mrs Bradbury was inflicted with several severe wounds but he would not comment on a possible murder weapon.
He said police had hoped children or their parents ‘‘trick or treating’’ near the Bradbury’s home in Kerrie Road last Halloween may have noticed something that could help investigators.
But so far that line of inquiry had led nowhere.
‘‘At this stage we have nothing concrete to go on,’’ he said.
‘‘Sometimes it just takes the slightest piece of information to point us in the right direction so we can follow it through and provide answers to an obviously grieving family.’’
Anyone who may have information about the murder of Lynette Bradbury should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.