Saturday, June 28, 2014

Community Safety Domestic Violence against Women 22 yo Female Murdered. Accused Male Stalked, Threatened, False Imprisoned before the Killing Herald Sun June 23rd 2014


"EACH week a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner."


"An estimated 20 per cent of Australian women have been sexually assaulted 

and a recent report suggested that the figure for female GPs is 50 per cent"






A MAN accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend at his parents’ western suburbs home would check her text messages, track her movements and hold her captive for days on end, a court has heard.


Ms Ferraro said she heard Mr Lai threaten the Diamond Creek woman in late 2012, near the beginning of their relationship.

Ms Ferraro said she could not remember what Mr Lai said but that she and Ms O’Donnell were both upset after the distressing phone call.

The court also heard Mr Lai once stole the mouse from Ms O’Donnell’s computer so she could not use it.

Jessica Mechielsen — who lived with Ms O’Donnell in a share house for close to two years — said during that time Ms O’Donnell changed, becoming erratic and moody, which created tension between the housemates.





Law & Order

Rekiah O’Donnell’s accused killer Nelson Lai tracked her movements, held her captive - court


Rekiah O’Donnell, pictured on holiday in India, was found dead in October.
A MAN accused of fatally shooting his former girlfriend at his parents’ western suburbs home would check her text messages, track her movements and hold her captive for days on end, a court has heard.
Nelson Lai, 34, allegedly murdered 22-year-old Rekiah O’Donnell in a rear bedroom of the Sunshine North home around 9am on October 11, last year.
A preliminary hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard the couple, who routinely used the drug ice, broke up less than two weeks before Ms O’Donnell was brutally killed.
Stacey Wilson said she saw her friend had a bruise on her left cheek, which she had tried to cover with makeup, in late September, 2013.
“She said it was caused by Nelson hitting her,” Ms Wilson told the court.
Ms O’Donnell told an old school friend Mr Lai would barricade her in a room in her house and hold her there — sometimes for hours, sometimes for days — and had put a tracking application on her mobile phone, the court heard.
Bethany Tudor said Ms O’Donnell said her mother and stepfather once collected her from Mr Lai’s house “because her parents were concerned about her and she wanted to get out as well”.
Ms Tudor said when she spoke to Ms O’Donnell three days before she was killed she did not indicate she wanted to get back together with Mr Lai.
Former housemate Matthew McCormick said Ms O’Donnell “was attracted to the bad boy image” projected by Mr Lai.
“She must have been with him for a reason, I don’t know what that reason was,” Mr McCormick said.
Another former housemate Jenna Ferraro said Ms O’Donnell told her Mr Lai would go through her mobile phone and check her text messages.
Ms Ferraro said she heard Mr Lai threaten the Diamond Creek woman in late 2012, near the beginning of their relationship.
Ms Ferraro said she could not remember what Mr Lai said but that she and Ms O’Donnell were both upset after the distressing phone call.
The court also heard Mr Lai once stole the mouse from Ms O’Donnell’s computer so she could not use it.
Jessica Mechielsen — who lived with Ms O’Donnell in a share house for close to two years — said during that time Ms O’Donnell changed, becoming erratic and moody, which created tension between the housemates.
She said she eventually lost her job at Harvey Norman.
“At that point, her life had become a little bit of a mess,” Ms Mechielsen said.
Ms Mechielsen said following an incident with Mr Lai in early November 2012, she and two of her housemates unsuccessfully tried to persuade a distressed Ms O’Donnell to go to police.
“We were all down there trying to get her to go to police. No luck,” she said.
The hearing continues.
Originally published as Accused killer ‘held victim captive for days’


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/rekiah-odonnells-accused-killer-nelson-lai-tracked-her-movements-held-her-captive-court/story-fni0fee2-1226964113604?nk=72ea067d8439919937ecf1334890374b


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