Tony Eriksen allegedly stabbed partner Lisa Fenwick 13 times in the unit, the court said
After reading the allegations against Eriksen, Judge Michael Barko said, “It’s a very strong prosecution case.”
“It appears to be so, Your Honor,” Hawthorn replied.
The judge said police say Eriksen has never been convicted of a crime and faces charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“Police have call recordings from Triple Zero operators which are alleged to be the voice of the defendant who allegedly admits what he allegedly did,” the judge said.
“When paramedics arrived at the scene, the deceased was dead and it is said she had approximately 12 stab wounds to her chest and one to her right forearm.
“Given the alleged confessions of the defendant and the other forensic evidence available to the police, this is a very strong prosecution case.”
The judge said he understood the police needed to conduct some forensic tests and the matter could always be brought forward if necessary.
He said Eriksen could always ask for bail, although it was “probably not wise” to do so before the evidence was served.
“Given your predicament, you are entitled to legal aid,” he said. “You always want to show your best side.”
Eriksen said he asked for legal advice but “nothing happened this week”. He was represented on Thursday by legal aid attorney Michael Betts.
“What I can do is ensure that this matter is brought to the attention of the group that handles such matters,” Betts said. He told Eriksen he will ensure he is represented if the case returns to court.
Barko granted the extension of time requested by the police and adjourned the matter to August 10.
Eriksen’s LinkedIn page states that he is a self-employed food educator who used to work as a fund manager and has also held positions in NSW government departments, Woolworths, Rio Tinto, the Commonwealth Bank, the Ministry of Defense and Deloitte. His online profiles show that he has been a prolific Twitter user and has expressed his support for former US President Donald Trump.
Current and past neighbors described Fenwick as funny and smart and Eriksen as well known in the mascot complex and often seen walking the dogs.
Fenwick said on her own online profile that she loves life and adores her Miniature Schnauzers.
Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counseling Service at 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
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