Teen girl faces mur­der charge over stab­bing


A TEENAGE girl has been ar­rested and charged over the fa­tal stab­bing of a woman in­side a house in Kil­burn.

Po­lice and paramedics were called to the house on Good­man Ave, just af­ter 5pm on Fri­day.

Am­bu­lance crews treated Maria Luis, 61, but she died at the scene from stab wounds.

Po­lice say Ms Luis lived at the prop­erty with her hus­band and was well known in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Ma­jor Crime de­tec­tives ar­rested an 18-year-old Kil­burn woman at her home about 11pm on Fri­day and she was charged with mur­der yes­ter­day morn­ing. The woman was re­fused bail and will ap­pear in Ade­laide Mag­is­trates Court to­mor­row.

In­spec­tor Billy Thomp­son, act­ing of­fi­cer in charge of Ma­jor Crime, said po­lice were ap­peal­ing for CCTV or dash­cam footage that cap­tured the Good­man Ave area be­tween 3pm and 5pm on Fri­day.

“We do be­lieve (the al­leged of­fender and Ms Luis) may have been known to each other but that’s yet to be cat­e­gor­i­cally con­firmed,” Insp Thomp­son said.

“We be­lieve the ac­cused per­son may have been at the ad­dress be­fore.”

De­tec­tives and SES vol­un­teers were back at the scene just af­ter 9am yes­ter­day to search for a bladed weapon.

Po­lice fo­cused ex­clu­sively on the home where the vic­tim was stabbed, while SES vol­un­teers scoured the front yards of neigh­bour­ing homes for a knife.

They checked roofs, gut­ters, bins and bushes.

A nearby res­i­dent said he knew the vic­tim and that she was a “re­ally nice lady”.

“She never had an ar­gu­ment with any­body around here,” he said. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the mur­der should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: TOM HUNTLEY Pic­ture: BEN

SEARCH: De­tec­tives and SES vol­un­teers search a neigh­bour­ing home for ev­i­dence yes­ter­day. IN­SET: A man is com­forted on the street on Fri­day.

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: Po­lice at the scene and flow­ers left out­side the home.

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