Man accused of Raymond Terrace murder lived with victim Janice "Jan" Garrett

INVESTIGATION: Police outside the Raymond Terrace house where Mrs Janice Garrett died early Saturday morning.
INVESTIGATION: Police outside the Raymond Terrace house where Mrs Janice Garrett died early Saturday morning.

THE man accused of murdering Raymond Terrace grandmother Janice “Jan” Garrett on the weekend had been living with her. 

Ronald John Reeves, 69, is charged with domestic violence-related murder and intentionally destroying the house the pair shared with intent to endanger Mrs Garrett’s life.

According to court documents, Mrs Garrett was allegedly killed between 12.15am and 12.30am on Saturday, July 7, at her Rosemount Drive home.

It’s understood she had been living in the house for more than 30 years.

Neighbours described Mrs Garrett, 76, as a beautiful person with a heart of gold.

It’s understood she had emphysema and usually slept in her lounge room, next to oxygen tanks.

Residents called Triple Zero after hearing an explosion early Saturday morning and seeing flames inside Mrs Garrett’s home.

The case was briefly mentioned in Newcastle Local Court before Magistrate Robert Stone on Monday.

Mr Reeves did not appear and the matter was adjourned to September 6.