Canterbury unit deaths: Tragic twist in case of Saudi sisters as 'suicide pact' likely cause

Canterbury unit deaths: Tragic twist in case of Saudi sisters as ‘suicide pact’ likely cause

A suicide pact is believed to be behind the death of two Saudi sisters inside a Sydney apartment, as their tragic end continues to be clouded by unknowns.

Police now believe Asra Abdallah Alsehli, 24, and her sister Amaal planned their deaths after bottles of chemicals and other substances were discovered beside their siblings’ bodies.

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Interim toxicology results showed traces of those substances in their bodies, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The sisters were found dead in separate beds at their Canterbury Road unit on June 7 in “unusual circumstances”, with no signs or injury or forced entry.

However, police believe the pair could have been dead for up to a month before their bodies were found.

Little remains known about Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and her sister Amaal, 23. Credit: NSW Police

Their exact cause of death is yet to be determined as police wait for toxicology reports, but at this stage, suicide is believed to be a likely cause of death.

“There’s no indication of anyone else being in the unit … no forced entry. It really does appear to be a tragic suicide,” a senior police source told The Telegraph.

A bottle of bleach, non-perishable food items and clothing were reportedly among the items found in the bedrooms.

Despite several tragic twists coming to light, little remains known about the sisters.

Police have not revealed what the pair did for work, however, both women had registered ABNs, which could mean they were operating as sole traders.

Bank records showed funds were drying up, police told The Telegraph.

It has since been revealed the pair were behind in their rent payments for more than $5100, which equates to more than 10 weeks of missed rent for their $480 unit.

The sisters lived in this apartment building in Canterbury. Credit: domain.com.au

The outstanding amount owed to the landlord was revealed in NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal records.

Their landlord took the matter to NCAT, where it was ordered the tenancy agreement be terminated and possession given to the landlord, The Daily Mail reports.

However, the sisters never appeared at the May 13 hearing, which was held less than a month before their bodies were found.

A sheriff called at the behest of their landlord made the grisly discovery.

But it was not the first time authorities visited the unit, with police paying the sisters a visit in mid-March after the building manager raised concerns for their welfare as food had been left out in common areas.

This visit would have taken place not long after the pair stopped paying rent.

The sisters “appeared fine” when speaking to police, Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft said earlier.

“At that stage, there were no issues raised,” she said.

“There was no further action required from police at that stage.”

The Canterbury unit is available to move in as of Wednesday, with the new listing including an eerie notice.

“This property has found two deceased person on 06/07/2022, crime scene has been established and it is still under police investigation,” the listing said.

“According to the police, this is not a random crime and will not be a potential risk for the community.”

Forensic finger print dust is seen on an external door frame at the alleged apartment where two women were found dead in Canterbury, Sydney, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) NO ARCHIVING Credit: BIANCA DE MARCHI/AAPIMAGE

Those who knew the sisters say they seemed to live in fear and were “very afraid of something”.

The women had claimed a suspicious man had been lurking outside their unit in the months before their deaths and had voiced concerns someone was tampering with their food deliveries.

NSW Police said the investigation is ongoing.

“Police continue to appeal for information in relation to the death of the two women,” a spokesperson said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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