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Alva Dodd found dead after she was jailed for killing her mother in Townsville

Killer daughter who stabbed her mother to death after an argument over a phone while high on drugs is found dead

  • Alva Dodd, 42, was found dead at a house in Mount Louisa, QLD on Wednesday 
  • She’d earlier been jailed for nine years after stabbing her mother to death
  • Dodd pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2019 and was released from jail in 2020 

A woman who killed her mother after stabbing her in the neck while under the influence of drugs has died.

Alva Dodd, 42, was jailed over the attack on her mother Ruth, 71, at her home in Heatley, Townsville in January 2015.

The pair had been arguing over a phone when suddenly Dodd jammed the knife into her mother’s neck – causing an artery to partly sever.

In 2019 Dodd pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years behind bars but was released last year.

The 42-year-old was found dead at a home in Mount Louisa on Wednesday, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

Alva Dodd, 42, was jailed over the attack on her mother Ruth, 71, (pictured) at her home in Heatley, Townsville in January 2015

After carrying out the gruesome act on her mother, Dodd took a shower and drove her mum’s car to another house, it was revealed during her sentencing.

She told the owner of the house she had just ‘taken care’ of something but needed to go back to clean up the ‘stinking’ mess.

It wasn’t until a few months later that Dodd expressed remorse for her actions, saying she ‘loved’ her mother and thought daily about what she had done.

She also admitted to strangling Ruth who was found with bruises around her neck.

Her defence lawyer said Dodd had a difficult upbringing but was ‘extremely remorseful’.

The pair had been arguing over a phone when suddenly Dodd jammed the knife into her mother's neck - causing an artery to partly sever (pictured police at the crime scene)

The pair had been arguing over a phone when suddenly Dodd jammed the knife into her mother’s neck – causing an artery to partly sever (pictured police at the crime scene)

He also said there had been antagonism between the mother and daughter.

Dodd had been mistreated by an older man at a young age which led to her drug use, her barrister said. 

Her mother Ruth was remembered as a dedicated volunteer who spent time with Reef HQ Aquarium and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

A post mortem is expected to be carried out soon to determine Dodd’s cause of death.  

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