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No bail for the Sydney murder accused in the bath


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A man accused of killing his 19-year-old partner after her body was found in a bathtub full of chemicals in western Sydney could soon apply for bail, his lawyer said.

20-year-old Meraj Zafar surrendered to the Bankstown police station on Monday afternoon after a public call for information.

Detectives and his lawyer Mohammad Sakr confirmed that Mr Zafar was in a relationship with Armina Hayat before she was found dead in the North Parramatta bloc.

Breaking into the house, police found Ms. Hyatt’s body in the bathroom. Dangerous chemicals in the same room forced them to retreat from the scene.

HAZMAT specialists from the NSW Fire and Rescue Service spent hours in an apartment where biohazard packages could be seen on Monday afternoon.

The 20-year-old did not appear either in person or through the AVL at his first mention in a local Bankstown court on Tuesday before Magistrate Shane McAnaltie.

According to court documents, Mr Zafar allegedly killed Ms Hayat from Saturday to Sunday in North Parliament.

His lawyer, Mr Sacr, told the magistrate that on Tuesday the bail would not be released on bail, but perhaps “in due course”.

It may be April 5, when Mr. Zafar’s case will be heard in court. It is expected that short testimonies will be presented then.

Outside of Bankstown Court, Mr Sacr did not comment further on the nature of the couple’s relationship and whether Mr Zafar was supported by the family.

“He is upset that he is in custody. The only question is whether he wants to fight these accusations or not, but I will accept these instructions and give relevant advice, “said Mr. Sacr.

Police Chief Julie Boone said police checking Ms. Hyatt’s well-being found “a very controversial scene” in the bathroom.

“It was an absolutely horrible scene,” she told 2GB on Tuesday.

Shortly after Mr Zafar’s arrest, a truck was found near Greenacre, which was confiscated for forensic examination.

On Tuesday, police said the type of chemicals found at the scene is still being analyzed and has yet to be determined.

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