Samah Baker’s Alleged Murder Linked To Netflix Show 'You'
The police case against the alleged killer of missing Sydney woman Samah Baker contains an intriguing mention of the popular Netflix show 'You', which revolves around a stalker-turned-killer.
James Hachem, 32, had his case briefly mentioned in Parramatta Court on Tuesday, where solicitor Warwick Korn foreshadowed a bail application in coming weeks.
Hachem is charged with murdering Baker -- his on-again, off-again lover -- at her Parramatta apartment in the early hours of January 4.
A police statement prepared for court alleges Hachem put her body in the boot of his mother’s car, then drove the Mitsubishi to various locations around Sydney.
Police allege those places included the home he shares with his parents at Hurstville Grove, and the Westfield shopping centre at Hurstville, where he parked for several hours while attending an appointment with a job recruiter.
The document also claims he purchased cleaning supplies, and that CCTV of the vehicle partially shows garbage bags in the back seat, alleged to contain forensic evidence relating to the murder.
It is the police case that he then disposed of the body in a rural area “under the cover of darkness”, however a search of a highway rest stop near Goulburn failed to find it.
The bizarre connection to the Netflix show 'You' TV show relates to an interview Hachem voluntarily gave to police in January, prior to his arrest.
According to the police document, Hachem told detectives when he went to visit Baker around 2am on January 4 to have sex, she told him she had been watching the popular online series.
However when officers examined her computer, 'Gilmore Girls' was the most recent show in the laptop’s browsing history.
A storyline in 'You' involved the killer in the show taking over his victims’ social media accounts, to give the impression they are still alive.
Police say one of Baker’s Facebook accounts was altered after she disappeared, with a profile picture being changed.
Her two mobile phones also went missing.
CCTV released by police shows Baker and a man -- alleged to be Hachem -- arriving at the Vibe Hotel in North Sydney on January 2, and leaving the following day.
Her friends and family members reported her missing to police when she couldn’t be contacted.
Hachem’s case was adjourned for eight weeks, but his solicitor said his client would be defending the charge.
“It’s a murder charge,” Korn said.
“It’s the most serious criminal offence we have, it warrants and deserves a well prepared bail application and we'll do that in the weeks to come.”