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Family mourn woman, 30, who was brutally murdered by stranger who had left a mental health facility

The family of a woman who was brutally murdered by a stranger who had left a mental health facility only a day prior attended her funeral on Friday.

Cara Hales, 30, was found dead after suffering serious injuries at her home in Munster in southern Perth nearly two weeks ago.

About 400 of Ms Hales’ family and friends paid tribute to the ‘thoughtful, kind and caring’ woman at her funeral Bunbury on Friday, The West Australian reported.

Cara Hales, 30, was found dead after suffering serious injuries at her home in Munster in southern Perth nearly two weeks ago

Cara Hales, 30, was found dead after suffering serious injuries at her home in Munster in southern Perth nearly two weeks ago

About 400 of Ms Hales' family and friends paid tribute to the 'thoughtful, kind and caring' woman at her funeral Bunbury on Friday

About 400 of Ms Hales’ family and friends paid tribute to the ‘thoughtful, kind and caring’ woman at her funeral Bunbury on Friday

‘It was never a dull moment when she was around, she was so beautiful inside and out and had the most contagious laugh and the most wild stories,’ friend Mandy Goodwin said.

Bek Taylor, another friend, said: ‘Your huge smile, infectious laughter and ability to light up any room will be sorely missed but always warmly remembered,’ she wrote. 

‘I’m so grateful to have met you and to have called you a friend.’ 

‘Cara could light up a room with her beautiful smile and heartfelt laughter,’ another said. 

Ms Hales was in her Munster home alone on December 28 when 23-year-old Jessie de Beaux allegedly broke in and murdered her.    

He was located by police near the scene running naked through bush, and he was later charged with her frenzied murder. 

De Beaux left Graylands Hospital in Mount Claremont in the city’s west on Thursday – just a day before Ms Hales was allegedly murdered.

Cara Hales (pictured), 30, was found dead after suffering serious injuries at her home in Munster in southern Perth

Cara Hales (pictured), 30, was found dead after suffering serious injuries at her home in Munster in southern Perth

Jessie de Beaux (pictured), 23, was located by police near the scene naked and disorientated, and he was later charged with her murder

Jessie de Beaux (pictured), 23, was located by police near the scene naked and disorientated, and he was later charged with her murder

De Beaux left Graylands Hospital (pictured) in Mount Claremont in the city's west on Thursday - just a day before Ms Hales was allegedly murdered

De Beaux left Graylands Hospital (pictured) in Mount Claremont in the city’s west on Thursday – just a day before Ms Hales was allegedly murdered

He was a voluntary patient at the mental health facility and it is unclear how long he was there for or why he left, the West Australian reported.

A review of patient release procedures has been ordered by mental health authorities in the wake of Ms Hales’s death.

De Beaux allegedly forced his way inside Ms Hales’s home in broad daylight before stabbing her.

Ms Hales’s housemate discovered the horrific scene after the alleged stabbing and called emergency services about 12.10pm on Friday. 

Two hours later, police found de Beaux naked, disoriented and running through bush near Ms Hales’s home.

North Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Robyn Lawrence said a ‘thorough psychological assessment’ is undertaken before patients are granted leave.

‘All patients who have been appropriately clinically assessed as suitable for hospital discharge have the right to transition and reintegrate back into the community,’ she said.

Ms Hales's (pictured) housemate discovered the horrific scene after the alleged stabbing and called emergency services about 12.10pm on Friday

Ms Hales’s (pictured) housemate discovered the horrific scene after the alleged stabbing and called emergency services about 12.10pm on Friday

Dr Lawrence said the North Metropolitan Health Service mental health team was assisting police. 

Investigators have been told that Mr de Beaux was knocking off the doors of other homes near Ms Hales’s residence asking for work.

They have also appealed for anyone with dash-mounted camera footage of Henderson Road and surrounding areas around the time of the alleged killing to come forward.

Ms Hales’s devastated friend Cameron Douglas said he was feeling ‘shocked’ and ‘angry’ after learning of her death.

‘Shocked, angry but most of all just sad to know you were taken from this earth. You were truly one of a kind. Much (love),’ he posted to Facebook.

Ms Hales’s cousin Kym Smith said ‘words can’t describe how I’m feeling at the moment’ while sharing her own tribute.

De Beaux appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday charged with murder and appeared dishevelled, 9News reported.

De Beaux (pictured) allegedly forced his way inside Ms Hales's home in broad daylight before stabbing her

De Beaux (pictured) allegedly forced his way inside Ms Hales’s home in broad daylight before stabbing her

Detective Senior Sergeant Sean Wright said there was no evidence that Ms Hales knew De Beaux.

‘At this point in time we have not identified any link between the victim and the man,’ he said.

An autopsy is expected to be carried out this week, and forensic police investigated her semi-rural property.

Neighbours reportedly found Ms Hales inside her home and were confronted by a ‘gruesome’ scene after hearing a commotion.

Ms Hales is understood to have recently returned to live in Perth after residing in a different part of Australia.

De Beaux will next face court in January 2019.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the WA North Metropolitan Health Service for comment.

De Beaux (left) was a voluntary patient at the mental health facility and it is unclear how long he was there for or why he left

De Beaux (left) was a voluntary patient at the mental health facility and it is unclear how long he was there for or why he left

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