Man Admits To Murder Of Woman Found Bleeding To Death By Her Daughters
A man has confessed to murdering a Melbourne mother found bleeding to death by her daughters six years ago plus the brutal attack of a widow months earlier.
Vicious crook Scott Alan Murdoch has admitted murdering a Melbourne mum and cutting a widow's throat in separate home invasions.
The 41-year-old on Thursday pleaded guilty to murdering Kylie Blackwood and intentionally causing serious injury to Ilona Prohaska during robberies gone wrong.
His confessions came as the Supreme Court prepared to assemble a jury for his criminal trial.
In May 2013, Murdoch broke into Prohaska's Endeavour Hills home, knocking the 73-year-old to the ground, cutting her throat, breaking her spine and shoulder but stealing just $70 cash and a debit card.
In August the same year, Murdoch struck again - breaking into Blackwood's Pakenham home, repeatedly stabbing the 42-year-old mother, leaving her with multiple neck and chest wounds.
She died after being discovered bleeding and unresponsive on her couch by her 11-year-old twin daughters, who raised the alarm with neighbours.
The girls had walked home after their mother failed to pick them up from school.
It is believed Murdoch made attempts to withdraw money using Blackwood's bank card on the day of her death and allegedly approached his ex-girlfriend for an alibi.
He previously denied he was the man responsible for either of the horrendous crimes and fought the allegations at pre-trial committal hearings.
But he pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder and also confessed to the vicious attack of Prohaska after the latter charge was downgraded from attempted murder.
Advances in technology helped police pin Murdoch to his crimes years later when he was identified as a strong potential match to DNA found on Ms Blackwood's jeans and Prohaska's jumper.
Prohaska, a widowed Hungarian immigrant, had opened her door to Murdoch, believing he was a tradesman she'd been expecting.
She later told police a man dressed in hi-vis, protective glasses, a cap and hoodie pulled low used a hammer to pound a knife into each side of her neck as she screamed for help.
So distressed by the attack, Prohaska sold her house of 20 years and moved into a nursing home.
Murdoch is due to appear before Justice Jane Dixon again on August 16 for a further mention before sentencing.