A son has posted an emotional tribute online after his father allegedly murdered his mother in their Bankstown unit on Monday night.
Margaret Tannous, 47, was found with serious head injuries at 8.30pm, moments before her husband, 57, turned himself in at Bankstown police station where he was charged with murder.
Mrs Tannous’ son Elie Boukarim said his mother was “my angel my life my queen the closest person to me.”
He said she had spent 18 years suffering in a marriage that most women would have “let go” after three months.
“Everything in this world you sacrificed for me and my sister you lived for us you worked for us everything you did was for us and I’m so proud to be called your son,” he said.
It’s believed Mr Boukarim arrived home on Monday night to see his mother being stretchered out by paramedics and police.
Neighbours in the Meredith Street unit block told 2UE Radio that the husband had confided in them in recent years that he believed his wife was having an affair.
Friends of Mrs Tannous’ son and daughter, Therese, expressed deep shock on social media.
“Still in shock. To hard too believe. I couldn’t imagine anyone that could endure what she had too. She is a decent woman that wanted to do right by her kids,” said one friend.
Mr Boukarim said one of his final memories of his mother would be sharing a cup of scotch with her. He said she was now “in a better place.”
“You were the strongest woman, the strongest PERSON i knew,” he said. “You taught me that the most power you have in this life is in your brain and not your fists or your muscles, you taught me to do right by people even though they do wrong to you.”
George Tannous was refused bail in Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday.