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In cold blood: court

Tuesday, 17th June, 2008

A man charged with murdering a woman in Ivanhoe on Saturday had only recently been released from jail, police told the Local Court yesterday.

The woman had earlier this month been granted an apprehended violence order against the man, with whom she was living in a de facto relationship, after he assaulted her, the police said.

However, she had later moved back in with him, they said.

Damien Charles Bugmy (27) is accused of murdering 26-year-old Anita Rose Williams at a house in John Street, Ivanhoe, on Saturday afternoon.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Carl Smith told the court that Bugmy had stabbed her in the back and killed her "in cold blood".

Sgt Smith said Bugmy had recently been released from jail and was still on parole.He said the accused had a long criminal history and he asked Magistrate Antony Townsden to refuse him bail. 

Bugmy did not enter a plea to the charge of murder and the magistrate remanded him in custody to appear in the Griffith Local Court on June 24.

According to police, the murder was committed soon after Bugmy and Williams had returned home from a neighbour's house about 4.30pm.

A short time later, he came back to the house "screaming" out that "There's something wrong with her!" witnesses told police.

The neighbours rushed over to the couple's home where they found Williams' body in the lounge room.

Police said she had been stabbed in the back just below her right shoulder.

They said that witnesses told them that Bugmy had then taken a steak knife from a kitchen draw and had gone into the back yard and cut himself on the neck, wrist and chest.

Police said that when they arrived, Bugmy told them "She's dead. I can't believe I killed her."

He was arrested, taken to the Ivanhoe medical centre to have his minor injuries treated, and then flown by the Flying Doctor to Broken Hill where he was charged with murder.

They said he was in a highly agitated state and had to be sedated at the local hospital.

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