Murder victim Kate Malonyay spoke to police about taking out an AVO against her ex-boyfriend and was worried enough about his repeated advances to book a locksmith to change her apartment locks, according to news.com.au.
But, the website is reporting, the locksmith never showed up and she didn't go ahead with the AVO.
The 32-year-old's body was found in her apartment on Monday - a tragic end to an ambitious and talented young woman who friends yesterday described as "a beautiful soul who would do anything for anyone".
Ex-boyfriend Elliott Coulson jumped to his death from a Gold Coast high-rise on Wednesday after police turned up to question him about the killing.
Queensland Police declined to comment on reports last night that a detective managed to grab Mr Coulson's arm but he pulled away and jumped over the balcony.
Ms Malonyay's best friend Hannah Everett said yesterday that Ms Malonyay had grown increasingly worried about Mr Coulson's personality in the weeks leading up to the pair's break-up in January.
"We had concerns and Kate obviously had concerns," she said.
"She called off the relationship due to the fact he was a compulsive liar and because she had learned a lot of things that he had said didn't make sense.
"He kept contacting her (after the break-up) saying he wanted to see her, and he kept sending her abusive text messages.
"She was looking for another place to live and at one stage booked in a locksmith to come and change the locks but he couldn't come, so it didn't happen. She never thought he would harm her and neither did we - we just thought she needed to get away from him."
Ms Everett and Ms Malonyay grew up on the Central Coast but moved to Sydney for their careers. Ms Malonyay was flourishing as executive assistant to the Challenger Financial Services general manager.
"I last saw her about three weeks ago," Ms Everett said. "We had a night out at the Oaks at Neutral Bay, which was her favourite place to go, and we spent the next day just hanging out, watching movies. We spoke almost every day but from Wednesday last week onwards no one had any contact with her personally.
"We thought we did - we were receiving text messages back from her phone from Friday right up until Monday night, but she didn't answer when we tried to call."
Concern grew daily among Ms Malonyay's tight circle of friends. It wasn't like her - such an outgoing and happy person - to seek solitude and not return calls.
"On Monday, I was sending her messages telling her I was worried and asking whether I could bring her anything if she was sick," Ms Everett said. "I just kept getting messages back saying, 'I'm fine, there's nothing to worry about. Could we please meet up for dinner, I'd like to chat'."
Text messages continued to be sent from Ms Malonyay's mobile even after her body was discovered. Ms Everett said friends were devastated at her loss.
"She was just a beautiful soul," she said. "She wanted to be with her friends whenever she could, but she was also very dedicated to her work and she excelled at it."
The funeral is yet to be arranged.