1. Final agonising hours of murdered Victorian mother Karen Chetcuti.
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A court has heard how a Victorian mother of two was given an animal tranquiliser, before she was gagged, bound and burnt alive, the Herald Sun reports.
Karen Chetcuti, 49, was murdered on January 12 last year, with her 48-year-old neighbour, Michael Cardamone, accused of killing her.
Cardamone is facing a preliminary hearing in Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court, where the shocking details of Chetcuti’s final moments were revealed yesterday.
Prosecutor Gavin Silbert, QC, told the court Cardamone forced his neighbour to swallow a sedative often used by veterinarians for horses, before he used “cable ties, rope and duct tape” to bind her wrists and ankles.
“He has tortured her and injected her with battery acid. He has poured petrol over her and then set her alight. He has then driven over her body multiple times…in forward and reverse,” Mr Silbert told the court.
Forensic pathologist Malcolm Dodd, from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, said Chetcuti was likely alive before she was burnt.
Chetcuti was reported missing after she did not show up for work on January 13. Her body was found in scrub five days later.
Cardamone’s hearing will continue this week.
2. Dad’s last picture before he disappeared on a fishing trip, leaving his toddler alone in the woods.
Dad still missing after toddler found safe during Denton Creek search: https://t.co/dch7kPSf7r
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