Accused North Melbourne killer in court

Karen Sweeney
·1-min read

A Melbourne man accused of fatally stabbing a Somalian community leader in the neck has fronted court.

Luqman Abdishakur Ahmed is charged with murdering the man at an apartment in North Melbourne on Saturday.

Court documents allege the victim and three other Somalian community leaders went to Abdishakur Ahmed's apartment on Saturday after reports he was having mental health issues.

"The accused armed himself with a kitchen knife and fatally stabbed the deceased," the documents said.

The 30-year-old is also facing a charge of intentionally causing serious injury, after another man suffered hand injuries.

It's alleged Abdishakur Ahmed chased a friend who was also at the property and tried to stab him.

"(That person) grabbed hold of the blade of the knife with his left hand and suffered significant lacerations to his fingers as a result of the accused pulling the knife from (his) hands," a police summary said.

Abdishakur Ahmed was arrested by homicide detectives and charged on Sunday.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon for a brief hearing.

The court heard this is his first time in custody and that he has no issues, aside from speaking limited English and requiring a Somali-Arabic interpreter.

He is due back in court on April 26.

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