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Man in court accused of murdering woman found in tip

By Cassandra Morgan
Updated July 10 2024 - 6:00pm, first published 5:56pm
Stephen Fleming has faced court charged with murdering a woman whose body was found at a tip. (Nine News/AAP PHOTOS)
Stephen Fleming has faced court charged with murdering a woman whose body was found at a tip. (Nine News/AAP PHOTOS)

A man accused of murdering a woman before her body was found at a tip in Melbourne's north has faced court.

Stephen Fleming, 45, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday wearing a blue jumper, with the majority of his head shaved and some hair remaining at the back.

Prosecutor Connor Rattray said his office needed 20 weeks to allow for multiple crime scenes to be recreated and forensics details to be gathered.

Magistrate Louise Wildberger granted the prosecution the time to gather the evidence, with a brief in the case expected to be handed up on November 27.

The magistrate remanded Fleming in custody and listed his committal mention for January 8, 2025.

His lawyer Jessica Clarebrough said her client had no custody management issues.

Fleming looked at the bar table and said "thank you" with a nod before he left the court with custodial officers.

The 45-year-old, who police have alleged was known to the victim, was arrested and questioned by detectives throughout Tuesday before he was charged with murder in the evening.

Workers found the woman's body while moving green waste at a facility in Epping on July 3 but investigators believed her body was originally inside a domestic bin picked up outside a property in a nearby suburb the previous day.

They identified the address as Hilgay Street in Coolaroo, which has rubbish collected each Tuesday.

Charge sheets show he is accused of murder on or around July 1 at Coolaroo.

The woman, who is still yet to be formally identified, is believed to be a 67-year-old from Coolaroo.

Australian Associated Press