A man accused of the stabbing murder of his partner in a Sunshine shopping strip will dispute evidence he bought the knife, his lawyer has told a court.
Police had the accounts of 40 eyewitnesses who said they saw Craig McDermott stab Fiona Warzywoda in Hampshire Road on April 16, Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.
Ms Warzywoda, 33, had left her solicitor’s office minutes before the stabbing, having attended Sunshine Magistrates Court that morning about a family violence order involving her partner.
The mother of four died at the scene. Mr McDermott, 38, of Sunshine North, is charged with her murder.
The court heard police had interviewed 118 witnesses, who had given evidence about Mr McDermott’s conduct in court that day, the lead-up to the stabbing and the moments afterwards and his conduct before the day his partner died.
Magistrate Suzie Cameron said the statements of the 40 eyewitnesses interviewed about the stabbing were fairly consistent.
But defence counsel Anne-Marie Stephanides said she wanted question witnesses about the knife and the circumstances in which it was produced and by whom, as her client did not concede he bought the knife beforehand.
She said prosecutors would argue Mr McDermott had bought the knife, which showed intent he wanted to kill Ms Warzywoda. Mr McDermott, who appeared via video link, was remanded in custody to return to court on September 4.
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