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Murder victim found at his old address

Major Crime Squad detectives have charged a woman with murder over the death of a man at a Beechboro house on the weekend.

Keeah Linda Maureen Sturcke, 21, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court this morning and was remanded in custody.

She made no bail application and will remain in custody until the next court appearance on July 30.

Police are still investigating and are attempting to locate a male associate of the charged woman.

Trung Cong Nguyen's body was found at the house on Sunday.

Mr Nguyen's girlfriend told The West Australian yesterday that Mr Nguyen, 35, borrowed her car on Saturday night about 8pm and left their house.

The 35-year-old unlicensed driver, known to friends as "Tommy", did not say where he was going or what he was doing.

Less than 20 hours later, Mr Nguyen's body was found inside a Beechboro property the Vietnamese couple had rented before.

Through an interpreter, Mr Nguyen's girlfriend told The West Australian she panicked when she woke on Sunday morning to find her partner was not home.

About 4pm on Sunday, a friend came to tell her that her car was outside their old address in Beechboro. When she arrived at the house, police were there and took her in for questioning. She is not the person charged.

A friend, who referred to herself as the dead man's niece, said he was "funny and likable" and would do anything for friends.

"I saw him two weeks ago at the shops," she said. "He seemed fine. He never tells me if he has problems anyway but he's always happy, talkative."

Yesterday, King Road residents said they were shocked at the discovery.

The home's owner said Mr Nguyen and his partner moved out two months ago. Neighbours said the house had been empty since the couple left.

Mr Nguyen, who was from Ho Chi Minh City, had lived in Australia for more than a decade. His girlfriend said they had moved out of the Beechboro house because it was "too old and very dirty".

The West Australian

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