Two men have been charged with the murder of a woman in a Perth court.
Key points:Andrew Macdonald, 24, of Goulburn, and his friend, Michael Martin, 28, were arrested on Friday after a man was found dead in the man’s house in the city’s eastIn court on Saturday, the two men pleaded not guilty to the murder The court heard that Andrew Macdonald and Michael Martin were planning to break into the woman’s home in the City of Perth, which is in the west of the city, in order to “break in” and “kill” herPolice are now looking for more information about the killingThe man was discovered dead in a home in Goulburys west of Perth on Friday morning.
Police said that the pair had been planning to “go through” the woman, but had not done so.
“They had a knife and they had a gun and that was their plan,” Detective Superintendent Tim Worsley said.
“When they went through the door they came out with a knife.
They went through her bedroom door.
The woman’s husband came and got the woman and then she died in his arms.”
Mr Worslay said that while the woman was “not particularly well” she was in a “very poor condition”.
“She was conscious, breathing, but she was not breathing, and she had no pulse,” he said.
Police were told that the woman had been staying with the pair in Gown Hills, but they had not been able to get inside the house.
“She had been living with them and there was a lot of noise, there was no light in the house, and there were other people in the home,” Detective Inspector Worslie said.
The court heard the woman “lived with the two gentlemen” in Gwynedd, near Port Macquarie, and the pair were not known to each other.
The pair had also lived in Port MacQuarie and Port Douglas, but Mr Worsland said that “they had a lot to talk about”.
“They were friends, they were good mates, they had no previous criminal history,” he added.
“We are appealing to the public to contact us if you know anything about the death of this young woman.”
The court was told that Andrew and Michael had “fought a long and bitter personal dispute” in their lives, and that they had “a long and strong and unbroken history of physical violence” and that the couple had “repeatedly tried to break in”.
Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about this murder to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestopperswa.org.au.