Inside the tragic past of young mum allegedly murdered by her new boyfriend: How Dayna Isaac only recently split from jailed husband before she died – as he vows to raise their young daughters
- Dayna Isaac, 28, was partially clothed when her body was found
- Boyfriend, Paul Sultana, 32, has been charged with her murder
- In March 2021, the home she shared with ex-husband was raided
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Pictured: Dayna Isaac and her now ex-husband, Mikkel Isaac
A loving mother-of-two had only recently split with her husband, who is behind bars on remand for alleged drug supply, before she was allegedly murdered by her new boyfriend.
Dayna Isaac, 28, was found dead inside her Colless Street unit in Penrith, western Sydney, at about 4.15pm on Monday by her new boyfriend Paul Sultana’s mother.
Police had been called to the 28-year-old’s home at 2.30pm to a ‘disturbance’ before finding her car burned out in bushland 13km away, near Castlereagh.
Sultana, 32, was charged with her murder on Tuesday afternoon. He will face Penrith Local Court on Wednesday morning.
Ms Isaac’s alleged murder comes less than two years after she separated from her now ex-husband Mikkel Isaac.
The married couple were living in Bathurst, 200km west of Sydney, when they were arrested in March 2021.
He has since vowed to ‘look after our girls until we meet again’.
Police had raided their home during a drug bust and slapped both with a string of drug-related charges.
Ms Isaac’s charges were eventually downgraded to taking part supply prohibited drug and supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis.
Mikkel Isaac vowed to look after their two daughters following the tragic death of his ex-wife (pictured together)
She was granted bail in Bathurst Local Court however her bail came at a devastating cost to her relationship – with the judge freeing her from jail on the condition she not contact her husband, or the four others who were arrested in the raids.
Less than two years later, Ms Isaac was allegedly murdered by her new boyfriend inside her Penrith apartment.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Ms Isaac’s ex-husband was involved in her death.
Her ex-husband was charged with 33 offences following the raid and is still in police custody.
While some of his charges were withdrawn, Mr Isaac remains accused of supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis, supplying a pistol without a dealer, acquiring a prohibited firearm, and driving a vehicle with a suspended license.
He was denied bail on December 9 and will appear in Penrith District Court on February 3.
Ms Isaac’s boyfriend, Paul Sultana, 32, (pictured) has been charged with the mother-of-two’s murder
Dayna Isaac was walked down the aisle by her dad Garry English (pictured together) on her wedding day in 2017
The former couple got married in 2017 and have two young daughters together, who were not with their mother when she died.
He has since posted an emotional message on Facebook, explaining that the pair had maintained a good relationship.
‘Love you forever and always. I promise I’ll look after our girls until we meet again my angel,’ Mr Isaac wrote.
Mr Isaac, who refurbishes used cars, also has two primary school-aged sons.
On March 8 2021, two days before the Isaacs’ home was raided, the couple were jokingly trying to ‘sell’ each other in local buy and sell groups on Facebook.
In the post, Mr Isaac uploaded a photo of he and his wife and wrote, ‘Due to running out of money to build cars have to sell something worth money as I don’t want to sell any of my cars so I thought I’ll list my wife up’.
‘Open to offers of interest price is 50k no lower as she has low k’s (kilometres) always up to date with all service does cook clean really well.’
The former couple got married in 2017 and have two young daughters together. Dayna Isaac is pictured on her wedding day
Two days before their home was raided, the couple were jokingly trying to ‘sell’ each other in local buy and sell groups on Facebook (pictured)
Close friends laughed in the comments, joking his wife was worth significantly more than $50,000.
Ms Isaac wrote the comment, ‘I think you need to edit the ad “after seeing this post no longer puts out”, before she published her own ‘for sale’ ad in another local group.
‘Husband – free to good home,’ she wrote, above a photo of them together.
‘Doesn’t cook doesn’t clean, never changes toilet roll. Steers ok but box is slipping. Honestly doesn’t even have to go to a good home, would consider paying you to take him off my hands.
‘Only good thing about him is he’s a good dad but doesn’t come with the kids. Serious offers only.’
Ms Isaac was prohibited from contacting her husband, and their six co-accused, following their arrest in March 2021.
Mikkel Isaac shared a series of photos from their wedding six years ago, including one of him pulling off the bride’s garter
Police are seen at the unit block after Ms Isaac’s body was found on Monday afternoon
Dayna Isaac (pictured) was hit with drug supply charges almost two years before she tragically died in her unit
A neighbour had phoned police to report a ‘disturbance’ from Ms Isaac’s home but when officers turned up at the unit, nobody answered the door and they left.
Officers found Ms Isaac’s car burned out in bushland at 3.45pm, 13km away from her home near Castlereagh, in the city’s north-west.
Half-an-hour later, Ms Isaac’s body was discovered by Mr Sultana’s mother, who had gone to check on her, police say.
She then drove to Penrith Police Station and reported her horror find to officers.
Mr Sultana was arrested at about 3.25am on Tuesday and was charged with her murder.
He will face Penrith Local Court on Wednesday.
NSW Police Acting Superintendent Carlene Mahoney said he and Ms Isaac had been friends for a long time and only started dating in recent months.
Specialist forensic police are examining the home and what remains of the vehicle
Mikkel Isaac (left) paid tribute to his ex-wife Dayna (right) on Tuesday night and shared several photos from their wedding day in 2017
‘Police were informed that there was a disturbance at the premises and they did attend and they later identified that the deceased was at the premises,’ Superintendent Mahoney said.
A friend of the mother-of-two said she was the ‘most beautiful, kind-hearted and selfless’ person she had ever met.
‘She lit up the room and was the life of the party,’ the woman, who requested anonymity, told Daily Mail Australia.
‘She was an amazing doting mother to two beautiful girls who absolutely adored her, and I am so so proud to call her not just my friend, but my sister.’
Another friend wrote to Facebook: ‘RIP gorgeous girl, I’ll miss you’.
Pictured is the apartment block where Ms Isaac was found dead
Those living in the area have been rattled by the news about the death of their neighbour.
One local resident said she saw police cars lined up the street when she arrived home on Monday afternoon.
‘I just heard the news, I was shocked,’ she said.
‘This area is pretty quiet, you don’t hear about much happening around here. It tends to be more in Cranebrook.’
Another woman who lives in the same building as Ms Isaac said she woke up this morning to the property taped off and police officers scouring the site.
‘It was quite scary, I was at work yesterday and found out over Facebook a woman had died in my street,’ she said.
‘When I came home late last night there was only one police officer there, but when I came out of the building this morning they were everywhere.’
Police are urging anyone who may have information that could assist detectives to come forward and contact Penrith Police station or Crime Stoppers.
Sultana, 32, was charged with her murder on Tuesday afternoon. He will face Penrith Local Court on Wednesday morning