A handyman accused of killing his aged neighbour who was present in a pool of blood appeared on A Present Affair ten days later to say “I hope the coppers catch him”.
Stuart Paul Anderson, 42, appeared within the Victorian Supreme Court on Tuesday sporting a black swimsuit and pink tie for the primary day of his estimated three week homicide trial.
He denied he killed Vicki Ramadan, 77, at her house in Melbourne’s northwest in March 2019, along with his lawyer, Glenn Casement, telling the jury the case “makes totally no sense”.
Outlining the alleged occasions which led to Ms Ramadan’s dying, crown prosecutor Neill Hutton argued that whereas it was a circumstantial case, it ought to be “apparent” to the jury he’s chargeable for her homicide.
“The prosecution says that is, in impact, a housebreaking gone unsuitable,” he mentioned.
“She was brutally crushed in regards to the head and bloody and located mendacity in a pool of blood.
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“She died virtually instantly from these accidents.”
Mr Hutton instructed the court the physique of Ms Ramadan, who lived alone in Sydenham, was first discovered by police within the morning of April 6 after Mr Anderson known as triple-0.
“There’s blood in all places,” he instructed the operator.
The court was instructed Mr Anderson had not too long ago carried out some handyman work for the aged widow and instructed totally different individuals numerous accounts about going over to choose up instruments or to talk about repairs to her again fence.
A recording of an street-side interview Mr Anderson gave to A Present Affair on April 16 about discovering her physique was performed to the jury.
“I met Vickie a few months in the past… she appeared like a really very very pretty girl,” he mentioned.
“I hope the cops catch the son of a b—- as a result of she didn’t deserve this in anyway.
“Sadly it’s a tragedy of what occurred, as I mentioned I hope the coppers (sic) catch him.”
Mr Hutton mentioned months later throughout a police interview, Mr Anderson had admitted he broke into Ms Ramadan’s house at 2am “to retrieve instruments” and located her lifeless.“The one cause he instructed that lie, the one cheap clarification, is he’s responsible of homicide,” he mentioned.
He instructed the jury DNA proof on Ms Ramadan’s physique was “extremely seemingly” to have come from Mr Anderson, and a pal, Andrew Hunt, had come ahead with particulars of alleged two cellphone calls someday in 2019.
At first Mr Anderson allegedly instructed his pal “he was serving to the outdated girl who lived behind him”.
“She had heaps of pricy s— in her home and he thought of robbing her,” Mr Hutton mentioned.
Within the second alleged name, mentioned to be a day later, Mr Anderson allegedly mentioned he “had robbed the outdated girl final evening and he received busted and the outdated girl awoke”.
In his opening remarks to the jury, Mr Casement mentioned the jury ought to have “main issues” in regards to the account of the cellphone calls as a result of Mr Hunt solely volunteered this info in June this 12 months.
“When Andrew Hunt first spoke to police he mentioned nothing about this all vital cellphone name,” he mentioned.
“Are you going to come back to assume that Andrew Hunt is conveying to you a dependable reminiscence, 0r are you going to have main issues about what he’s mentioned.”
He instructed the court his client maintains he didn’t kill Ms Ramadan and claimed it “makes totally no sense” for him to report discovering the physique if he killed her.
He instructed the court that whereas Mr Anderson didn’t give a truthful account about discovering the physique initially, he finally did “personal up” in regards to the break in.
“Its not tough to seek out he tells lies again then, however telling lies doesn’t make him a assassin,” he mentioned.
“You’ll ask your self whether or not proudly owning as much as a break in the place you discovered a physique is likely to be a tough factor to do.”
The trial, earlier than Justice Amanda Fox, continues.