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Community Safety Murder Female Aggression Family Violence Domestic Violence Woman Kate Stone, 39 charged with murder of Male Partner Darren Auditori Reid.45 yo over Long Gully fire Bendigo Victoria Australia The Age Jan 4th 2017









Woman charged with murder over Long Gully fire

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A woman charged with murdering her long-term partner in a house fire in Bendigo has appeared in court, where she was overheard telling her lawyer she did not kill Darren Reid.
Kate Stone, 39, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with murdering Mr Reid last month.
She was arrested and charged earlier on Wednesday.
SUPPLIED photo of Kate Stone with her deceased partner and alleged victim Darren Reid THE AGE NEWS 4th January 2017
Kate Stone. Photo: Facebook
Mr Reid, 45, suffered serious burns in a house fire in the Bendigo suburb of Long Gully on December 18. He died in hospital the following day.
Appearing in court on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Stone said something inaudible to two women sitting near the dock, and then in a discussion with her lawyer before she was taken back into custody, said loudly: "I never murdered my husband."
It is understood the pair have five children together, aged eight to 19.
In an interview with News Corp last Wednesday, Ms Stone said her partner died while shielding her from three men who invaded their home, making threats to kill and sexually assault the family.
"He put himself on fire basically by standing in front of me so they couldn't set me alight. It was meant to go for me. He saved my life," Ms Stone is reported to have said.
She paid tribute to her deceased partner, saying: "He was a good man – worked all of his life, looked after his kids."






The Long Gully house where a man suffered life-threatening injuries in a suspicious fire overnight
Mr Reid was also known as Darren Auditori Reid.
At the time of the fire, which caused just minor damage to the rear of the home, it was reported that a woman and two children were at home.
On December 27, Bendigo Police issued a missing person's alert to find four Auditori children aged 16, 11, 9 and 8.
Investigators are yet to confirm if the children have been found, although the police media alert has been deleted.
SUPPLIED photo of Kate Stone with her deceased partner and alleged victim Darren Reid THE AGE NEWS 4th January 2017
Kate Stone with her deceased partner and alleged victim Darren Reid. Photo: Supplied
Mr Reid's younger sister, Janyne Auditori, said she was also unsure of where the children were, but said they were likely with other family members.
She said Mr Reid drove B-double trucks for a living and worked very hard to provide for his five children. She said Ms Stone had been his partner of at least two decades.
"He was the most good-hearted person. He was always there for everybody," Ms Auditori said.
"It's been horrible. I have been crying all the time."
Ms Auditori said she shared a very close relationship with her brother, having cared for their father together. He died 15 months ago after a battle with lung cancer and emphysema.
"When my marriage broke up, he looked after me and set up a house up for me, made sure I had furniture. He always rang up and told jokes. He was a crack-up," she said.
A funeral is yet to be held for Mr Reid, as his body has not been released.
Ms Stone was taken into custody on Wednesday and did not apply for bail. She was ordered to return to court on May 24.

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