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Maryam Hamka: Blood and phone found in search for missing Melbourne woman


Blood and a cellular phone believed to belong to missing woman Maryam Hamka had been found in her boyfriend’s condominium a day after she went missing, a court docket has been informed.

Toby Loughnane was arrested the day after 38-year-old Brunswick woman was reported missing to police on April 15.


During a bail listening to for the 41-year-old in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, the court docket was informed police found gadgets throughout a search of his Brighton house the day after Ms Hamka disappeared.


“The blood was located in his apartment and her mobile phone was located, which is still pending analysis,” Senior Constable Callan Turner informed the court docket.

Mr Loughnane is charged with deliberately inflicting critical damage, recklessly trigger damage and aggravated assault in opposition to Ms Hamka in July 2020.

He has not been charged with any offence in relation to the disappearance of Ms Hamka.

The lead investigator into the assault fees mentioned the couple had been in an “on and off again” relationship for months on the time of the alleged offences.

Mr Loughnane allegedly brutally bashed Ms Hamka between July 7 and 8 final 12 months, leaving her with two black eyes and a burst blood vessel in her eye, Senior Constable Turner mentioned.

He later punched her, hit her with a glass bottle and compelled a sock into her mouth, police allege.

One of the last sightings of the missing 38-year-old woman.
Camera IconOne of the final sightings of the missing 38-year-old woman. Credit: Supplied

The missing woman was in a position to escape and ran to a Coles on July 9 the place she spoke to a employee, the officer informed the court docket.

“The witness … observed Ms Hamka’s injuries and she told (the witness) her boyfriend had assaulted her and put his fingers down her throat and a sock in her mouth,” the officer mentioned.

“She believed the accused was going to kill her,” Ms Hamka allegedly informed the Coles employee.

The woman was taken to hospital due to her accidents and refused to offer particulars to police.

“She was extremely apprehensive and fearful about repercussions if the accused found out she provided further details to police,” Senior Constable Turner mentioned.

Missing Woman
Camera IconMissing individuals squad detectives had been referred to as in over the disappearance of the Brunswick woman. Nicki Connolly Credit: News Corp Australia

His defence lawyer Sam Norton argued Ms Hamka named one other particular person in relation to the assault or simply mentioned her “boyfriend”.

But Senior Constable Turner mentioned the alleged sufferer mentioned that “to protect herself from the accused”.

The lawyer argued the prosecution case was “weak” and Mr Loughnane would face a prolonged delay in the courts.

A woman, believed to be a relative of Ms Hamka, current on the listening to repeatedly confirmed newspaper articles displaying the missing woman.

Magistrate Fran Medina denied Mr Loughnane bail and he’ll return to court docket in October.

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