The Hall Street home was cordoned off as a crime scene during the early hours of Saturday, with forensics officers set to comb through two crime scenes – in North Ipswich and the Logan suburb of Woodridge.

The 33-year-old man was arrested at a house on Edwards Street in Woodridge, 35 kilometres east of North Ipswich, at 5am on Boxing Day. He is assisting police with their inquiries.

Acting Detective Inspector Heath McQueen said the victim was fatally stabbed during a “domestic dispute”, but the weapon involved was yet to be found.

“Preliminary investigations have identified there were a number of persons at that address yesterday [Friday] who were known to each other, either related or in de facto relationships,” he said.

“As the evening has gone on, there has been a disturbance in that dwelling and as a result of that disturbance, it has moved out into the front yard, and at some point, two males have become involved in an altercation in the front yard.”

Acting Inspector McQueen said those at the “small gathering” at the North Ipswich home had been drinking during the night, which “probably exacerbated the situation”.

“Homicides are tragic at any time, but at Christmas time, the emotions around Christmas…” he said. “The event and people were there to celebrate the Christmas period, and it has unfolded in a tragic way.

“There was a relationship between the male in custody assisting us and the deceased’s 30-year-old daughter.”

In addition to the two houses in North Ipswich and Woodridge, police were examining several vehicles of interest.

An autopsy is also expected to be conducted this weekend.

Acting Inspector McQueen said he expected a murder charge to be laid.

Police have appealed for anyone with information or footage from the area to contact local police or Crime Stoppers, on 1800 333 000.

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