Couple stabbed over builder's bill
A man murdered an Australian couple by repeatedly stabbing them after an argument over a debt for plaster work he had done at their Melbourne home, a court has heard.
Police found a 54-year-old man and 35-year-old woman dead in their Moonee Ponds home on Sunday night. The man and woman have been confirmed as Greg Tucker and his partner, Korinne.
Their three children, aged between 2 and 5-years-old, were found in another room uninjured.
Mustafa Kunduraci, 44, has been charged with the couple's murder and appeared at an out of sessions court hearing early today.
A Turkish interpreter assisted him in the hearing.
Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey told the court Kunduraci rang police on Sunday about 11.30pm local time and told them he had been stabbed while at the home to collect an outstanding debt.
When police arrived Kunduraci was in the driveway of the home and police found a man and woman dead inside with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds, Detective Senior Sergeant Bailey said.
A post-mortem examination found the deceased man suffered 18 stab wounds and his partner was stabbed nine times, the court was told.
Kunduraci, a plasterer, allegedly told police he went to the house in a last effort to obtain money for plaster work at the property where there had been a dispute about the quality of the workmanship.
"He engaged in a discussion with the deceased (male), the female deceased attended and an argument escalated to a physical confrontation," Bailey said.
Police found a knife at the property, which they believe is the murder weapon. They also found a bag containing assorted cable ties, duct tape, a bottle believed to contain petrol and a plastic imitation handgun, the court heard.
Kunduraci, who had a bandage on his right hand, received 18 stitches on the same hand when police took him to hospital.
It is understood Korinne celebrated her birthday on Saturday.
The couple's children have been placed in the care of relatives.
Kunduraci was refused bail and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.