A man was booked for Cabarita Wharf murder, after allegedly being discovered nude near a woman’s body on Thursday night. He has been refused bail in a Sydney court.
The Lidcombe man, who was accused of murder, has appeared in court. The murder took place at a ferry wharf in Sydney’s inner west.
The accused was Bali nine drug ring “lieutenant” Khanh Thanh Ly. The 35-year-old was charged with homicide after police found the naked body of Miming Listiyiani, 27, floating in Parramatta River on Thursday night at Cabarita Wharf.
Ly appeared in Parramatta Local Court, while the proceeding was being streamed via video link. Ly’s head was bowed during the hearing.
At the end of the proceedings, he respectfully thanked the magistrate.
He did not officially apply for bail during the hearing and it was formally refused. The case was suspended until May 17 by Magistrate Morahan.
It was alleged that, Ly was discovered standing over the body of Ms Listiyiani near Cabarita Wharf just before midnight on Thursday.
Although, paramedics tried to revive Listiyiani, but they believe that she might have been dead for some time before they arrived.
After Ly’s arrest, he was taken to Burwood Police Station. There he was charged late on Friday afternoon with her murder, says ABC News.
The murder victim, Listiyiani, was an Indonesian national. According to detective, she is believed to have just came back to Australia from overseas, from her home in Cabarita Wharf on Thursday.
According to neighbours, Ly’s car was there outside her Edgewood Crescent home. These neighbours had witnessed the car, says The Sydney Morning Herald.
Ly was infamous for his role as the “lieutenant” in a drug syndicate. The syndicate also had executed Bali nine members like Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
His arrest comes years after Ly came to public attention.
He was an accounting student, who flew to Bali three times. It was under the orders of Sukumaran, who was also his school friend.
Ly has confessed that he was to blame for organising and overseeing a number of Australian mules when he was in Bali. He practised attaching plastic bags of flour to their bodies as a “dress rehearsal”.
Police didn’t think that Cabarita Wharf murder was a random attack, says Burwood Local Area Command Detective Superintendent Mark Jone.
“We believe this pair may well have been known to each other and it’s something we’re looking at,” he said.
Jones described the deceased a “very nice young lady” and called the incedent a tragedy.