Elderly man's accused murderer denied bail

Luke Costin and Hannah Ryan
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The woman accused of murdering a retired grandfather in his Sydney unit will remain in custody after being denied bail.

Narelle Fiona Smith, 46, did not appear in person or by video-link when her case was mentioned at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday.

Her Legal Aid lawyer told the court she did not apply for bail, which was formally denied by the magistrate.

Smith was arrested on Monday in another unit on the same South Coogee street where Peter McCarthy's body was found.

The 77-year-old suffered fatal head injuries sometime between his last confirmed sighting on December 16 and a welfare check on December 20.

The middle-aged woman was charged with murder on Monday as well as the fraud offence of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Police will argue she killed Mr McCarthy some time between 1pm on December 17, her 46th birthday, and 11.20am on December 20.

She has been charged with taking his Opal card and using it to travel by bus between South Coogee and Surry Hills on the afternoon of December 20.

The case will come before the court again on March 9, with a police brief set to be served that day.

The woman is not one of the two people depicted in CCTV images released by police in December as they appealed for assistance.