A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a woman in Melbourne’s west.
Abuk “Jackie” Akek, 20, was allegedly punched, kicked and stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in her home at Unitt Street in Melton on Sunday, at the hands of her former partner.
Jackie Akek was allegedly killed at the hands of her former partner. Picture: Supplied
Neighbour, George Alexria reportedly heard a woman’s screams on Saturday night, and again on Sunday night for about an hour, the Herald Sun reports.
“Then last night about 5:30pm… I heard the sound of shouts and screams – either someone was being knocked about or someone was in labour,” he said.
The 20-year-old mother was a Sudanese refugee who was studying law. Source: Supplied
Paramedics tried to revive the woman known as “Jackie” with CPR but she died at the scene.
Friends remember Jackie as a kind and selfless woman. Source: Supplied
It is believed Ms Akek was studying law at Victoria University.
She moved into the unit about four weeks ago to live with a friend, after a recent split from the accused who was living with parents in a nearby suburb.
Paramedics tried to revive the woman but they cold not. Picture: 7 News
7 News understands the pair were in a relationship for several years, and had a two-year-old son together.
A friend told the Herald Sun both their families fled Sudan due to the violence.
Neighbours heard a woman screaming Saturday night and Sunday evening. Picture: 7 News
“She was always kind and humble. She never put herself in front of others. Her two-year-old son will now be taken care of by his grandmother with the support of friends and family,” the friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
Aunty-in-law Grace Elikana remembers Jackie as “a beautiful girl”.
“She was quiet and nice,” she said.
It is believed the woman moved into the Melton unit four weeks ago. Picture: 7 News
The accused appeared before a bail justice at an out of sessions hearing on Monday.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court Tuesday.