Arrest in Australian vampire slaying case

Last updated 17:32 07/08/2012
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VICTIM: Shane Chartres-Abbott leaves a Melbourne court. Six days later he was dead.

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Australian police have made a breakthrough in one of Victoria's most bizarre cold cases, arresting a man over the murder of a male prostitute and self-proclaimed vampire nearly 10 years ago.

Warren Thomas Shea, 40, was arrested at his home on the Gold Coast in connection with the 2003 death of  Shane Chartres-Abbott.

During a brief appearance in the Southport Magistrates Court  Shea gave his consent to be extradited to Victoria and was handed  over to two detectives from Melbourne.

Chartres-Abbott was shot dead in an alleged professional hit outside his Reservoir home on June 4, 2003 as he was travelling to the Melbourne County Court where he was due to appear to face rape charges.

The victim, who had accused Chartres-Abbott of rape, was found by staff at the South Yarra Saville Hotel covered in bruises and bite marks. Part of her tongue was missing.

Chartres-Abbott was arrested shortly after with the victim's blood on his pants and her phone in his bag.

He claimed he was the real victim and that he was forced to flee the hotel when the woman told him vice bosses planned to use him in a ''snuff movie'', a pornographic film that would end with his death.

The victim also told police Chartres-Abbott dropped into conversation that he was a 200-year-old vampire.

By the time of his trial, Chartres-Abbott was a worried man. Less than a week into his County Court trial, his lawyers asked that the defendant's address be struck from the record because of fears for his safety.

He was ambushed by two men one morning as he left his home for court. One attacked Chartres-Abbott's pregnant girlfriend and her father while the second shot the male prostitute dead.

The shooting murder led to a police corruption probe as allegations that suspects had been tipped off by police began to emerge.

The accused man is expected to be flown out of the Gold Coast on Wednesday  morning and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with one count of murder.

Police say the homicide investigation had been complicated by searching around the world for Mark Adrian Perry, who was named as a suspect in 2009.

A A$1 million reward was posted that same year.

Police say further arrests are likely.

- Fairfax and AAP

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