Murder accused questioned over cold case

A 52-year-old man charged with the murder of WA missing woman Dianne Barrett is also being interviewed by Victorian police over a 1992 killing in Geelong.
A 52-year-old man charged with the murder of WA missing woman Dianne Barrett is also being interviewed by Victorian police over a 1992 killing in Geelong.

A MAN charged with the murder of missing Perth woman Dianne Barrett has been interviewed by police in relation to a cold case murder in Victoria.

A joint operation between Victoria Police and Western Australia Police led to the arrest of the 52-year-old man in Wembley on Sunday.

He has not been charged over the death of Annette Steward in Geelong West, but Victorian police said they were not seeking anyone else and the investigation was ongoing.

Steward was found dead in her home in 1992. Police offered a $1 million reward for information in relation to the 29-year-old’s death in 2015.

A coronial inquest into the murder in 2007 had named a co-worker as the main suspect in her death.

The WA charges follow the discovery of human remains in Karrakup, southeast of Perth.

A spokesman for WA Police said: “Homicide Squad detectives located human remains in Karrakup.

“While the human remains have not been formally identified, it is believed they are those of Ms Barrett,” he added.

“A 52-year-old man from Medina has been charged with murder.

“The accused and the victim lived in close proximity to each other, however at this time it has not been established whether they were known to each other.”

He was refused bail and was due to appear in Rockingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.