Partner Charged With Australian Woman's Murder In London
The boyfriend of Australian woman Amy Parsons will reappear in a London court on Wednesday charged with her murder after she was found dead in their flat.
A man charged with the murder of his Australian fiancee will reappear in a London court on Wednesday.
The body of Melburnian Amy Parsons, 35, was found by police in the fifth floor flat she shared with her boyfriend at Whitechapel in east London on Friday at 1.30pm local time following a call over concerns for her welfare.
Roderick Deakin-White, 37, was arrested on suspicion of murder the same day and later charged.
He appeared in Thames Magistrates Court on Monday and the case was adjourned to the Old Bailey on Wednesday for a bail hearing, The Australian reports.
It is believed Ms Parsons and Deakin-White were engaged and Ms Parsons, a former Koonung Secondary College student, had visited Melbourne as recently as January.
Deakin-White was a Royal Opera House designer and the pair had been together for at least six years, Britain's The Sun newspaper reported on Monday.
Neighbours described him as "really nice" and always willing to help out at the block of flats where the couple lived.
One neighbour described Ms Parsons as a "lovely and positive" woman. Asad Samee, 21, told the Evening Standard: "Amy was very friendly, the sort of person who would always give you a smile.
Investigators are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing, Met Police said.
The cause of death has not been confirmed but a post-mortem is expected to be conducted this week.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said consular officials are providing assistance to Ms Parsons' family.