Man charged over stabbing murder of young Bacchus Marsh woman

Bacchus Marsh woman Sarah Cafferkey was stabbed several times before her body was driven from the murder scene and stuffed into a wheelie bin, an out-of-sessions Melbourne court has been told.

Steven James Hunter, 47, showed no emotion when he appeared barefoot and dressed in a white forensic jumpsuit last night as he was charged with murdering 22-year-old Ms Cafferkey on November 10 at a Bacchus Marsh residence.

Detective Senior Constable Damien O’Mahoney, of the Homicide Squad, said Hunter had made admissions relating to the murder of Ms Cafferkey.

He told the hearing Ms Cafferkey had been stabbed “a number of times” on November 10 at the Bacchus Marsh address before she was taken to the house in Point Cook where her body was found.

“Her body was moved from Bacchus Marsh to Point Cook and placed in a wheelie bin,” Det Snr Const O’Mahoney told the hearing, which was held at the St Kilda Road police complex.

At the hearing lasting only three minutes, Hunter was remanded in custody to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

Hunter was arrested at 12.30pm yesterday after more than a dozen officers, including the special operations group (SOG) and undercover police, surrounded a block of units in Hawthorn and called on the 47-year-old to give himself up.

Witnesses say he soon emerged looking dishevelled in shorts, an ACT Brumbies rugby shirt and no shoes.

Tradesman Justin Pryor said he saw SOG officers in heavy armour with “big guns” and riot shields outside the Caroline Street units.

“They were saying to ‘come out with nothing in your hands’. They repeated themselves three, maybe four, times and within 30 seconds he was out,” Mr Pryor told the Nine Network.

Sarah Cafferkey

Sarah Cafferkey