Man Accused Of Ellie Price's Death Tells Court He Is Withdrawing From Drugs

Ricardo Barbaro has been charged with murder over the death of young Melbourne mother Ellie Price and a court has heard he was withdrawing from drugs including Xanax.

Barbaro has been charged with murder over the death of the Melbourne mother.

The 33-year-old was charged over the death of Price, who was found dead in her South Melbourne home on May 4.

It comes after a week-long manhunt to find Barbaro ended after a stand-off in Sydney.

The 26-year-old mother's body was in her apartment for days before it was discovered.

Police believe Barbaro was in an on-again, off-again relationship with the young mother.

 It's alleged the murder happened between April 29 and May 4, court documents show.

Dressed in a grey jumper and with a cut near his left eye Barbaro only spoke when questioned on whether he was withdrawing from any drugs

He nodded yes before he said: "Valiums and Xanax".

Barbaro, from Southport in Queensland, was asked whether he needed a nurse.

"Yeah I'm seeing a doctor," he told the magistrate.

Barbaro was extradited from NSW after he was charged with Price's murder on May 14. He was arrested at a Sydney apartment.

Barbaro's lawyer Campbell MacCallum dialed into the hearing from Queensland.  There was no application for bail made.

Barbaro's next court date is in September.