Man charged with murder over Dianella death
Genevieve Clark

A 42-year-old man has appeared in court over the murder of 44-year-old Genevieve Clark, who was found dead in her Dianella unit last week.

Friends of Ms Clark discovered her body in her Grand Promenade unit about 5.20pm on Tuesday.

Investigators spent last week combing the property for clues before charging her neighbour, Michael David Hansen, with murder.

Mr Hansen’s lawyer Bill Harris described the case as shocking and told the court he had “never seen facts so horrific”.

He said his client was alleged to have strangled Ms Clark after an argument.

Mr Harris asked Magistrate Felicity Zempilas to impose a hospital order so Mr Hansen could be assessed by a psychiatrist.

He told the court Mr Hansen had suffered a serious head injury in 2001.

But Ms Zempilas said he was not eligible for a hospital order because she did not have evidence in front of her to suggest he had a mental illness.

The police prosecutor told the court Mr Hansen did not have a significant record.

He indicated there had been amputations involved in the murder.

Outside court, Mr Harris said Mr Hansen was as quiet as a lamb.

“He has been described as the gentlest person you could possibly ever meet,” he said.

Forensic officers have returned to Ms Clark’s Grand Promenade unit this morning.

Mr Hansen was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on August 27.

The West Australian

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