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Man, 33, is charged with murder after a woman is found stabbed to death inside a Melbourne unit

‘She never looked happy’: Fears body of a ‘timid, young girl’, 31, was left to rot in a Melbourne home for five weeks as man, 33, is charged with her murder

  • Man, 33, was known to the woman and arrested at the Melbourne block of flats
  • Emergency services were called with reports a woman had been stabbed
  • The man as charged with murder and will face court on Wednesday morning
  • Neighbours hadn’t seen the woman, 31, who also lived there, in up to five weeks 

A woman allegedly murdered inside the flat of man known to her could have been lying dead on the floor for up to five weeks.

Police kicked down the door of the apartment about 7.30pm on Tuesday to conduct a welfare check and found the 31-year-old woman with stab wounds.

The 33-year-old man was arrested by homicide police soon after the body was discovered in Gardenvale, southeast Melbourne.

A man has been charged with murder after a woman known to him was found dead inside an apartment in this complex in Gardenvale, Melbourne

A man has been charged with murder after a woman known to him was found dead inside an apartment

A man has been charged with murder after a woman known to him was found dead inside an apartment

A neighbour said the man lived in the apartment for two years and the woman with him, but she hadn’t been seen for weeks.

‘It would be at least four or five weeks since we’ve seen her, which was out of the ordinary,’ neighbour Julie told 9 News.

‘That’s what’s worried me. The fact that we hadn’t seen her for a while – how long has she been up there for?’

Julie said the woman, who worked full time, was ‘introverted’ and though she had a ‘happy face’ she was ‘timid’ ‘just never looked happy’.

The woman could have been lying dead on the floor for up to five weeks as neighbours hadn't seen her for a long time

The woman could have been lying dead on the floor for up to five weeks as neighbours hadn’t seen her for a long time

Forensics officers cordoned off parts of the building on Kooyong Road and were combing through the second-floor flat.

Police said the exact circumstances and cause of death are yet to be established and investigations are ongoing.

The accused murder will face Melbourne Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning.

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