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<p>A woman has been arrested in relation to the alleged murder of her neighbour, whose body was discovered inside a South Coogee unit in Sydney's east just before Christmas.</p>

A woman has been arrested in relation to the alleged murder of her neighbour, whose body was discovered inside a South Coogee unit in Sydney's east just before Christmas.

Retired solicitor Peter McCarthy, 77, was found dead with severe head injuries inside his Elphinstone Road, on December 20.

Today homicide detectives arrested Narelle Fiona Smith, 46, in the unit block next door to where Mr McCarthy lived.

READ MORE: Police release last CCTV footage of South Coogee man found murdered

As Ms Smith was led away in handcuffs she told 9News she had nothing to do with his death.  

"I didn't do this," Ms Smith said.

"Peter was my friend, I was there on my birthday," she said.

Ms Smith was taken to Maroubra police station where she is expected to be charged with murder.

Neighbour Michelle Turneley said she was relieved police had made an arrest.

"Peter was a nice old guy, and he was very frail," Ms Turneley said.

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested and is expected to be charged after the alleged murder of an elderly man in South Coogee.

"I'm glad they've got someone because Peter didn't deserve that."

Mr McCarthy was last seen on security footage leaving Club York in Sydney on December 16.

He visited the club every day and after failing to show up for several days, his ex-wife went to his unit to check on him on December 20.

She discovered Mr McCarthy dead, his phone and satchel nowhere to be seen.

"Mr McCarthy suffered severe head and facial injuries but I won't go into circumstances of what was used," NSW Police Homicide Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told media this afternoon.

"There's very significant forensic and physical evidence to make this a strong and compelling case," he said.

Police informed Mr McCarthy's family of the arrest as Ms Smith was held in custody at Maroubra police station.

"It's mixed emotions for them, they've just gone through Christmas without a father and a grandfather," Superintendent Doherty said.

Ms Smith is expected to face court tomorrow.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coogee-woman-arrested-over-alleged-murder-of-elderly-man-peter-mccarthy-sydney-east/dc205f9a-2037-45ac-b025-74ca268aa059

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