A Melbourne woman allegedly murdered more than 30 years ago was found lying face-up in her sewing room with blood on her shoulder and a blue sarong pulled up to reveal her bra, a witness says.
Ranny Yun, 27, was discovered dead at her Springvale home in October 1987 and a man was charged three decades later, in November 2017, with her rape and murder.
Accused killer Meth Mean on Monday faced the first day of a committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court to determine if he stands trial.
Witnesses said Ms Yun used to hold gambling parties and would also tailor clothes at her home.
Friend and buttonhole machinist Sokhon Neang rushed to Ms Yun's home on the day she was allegedly killed after he heard the news from a family member.
Mr Neang arrived to find Ms Yun's family members crying and he entered the home and went into the sewing room where he saw the body.
"I saw that Ranny had blood on her right shoulder and that her face and head were covered by fabric," Mr Neang told police in his statement, released by the court.
"She was wearing a dark blue striped sarong. It had been pulled up at the top and her bra was showing.
"There didn't appear to be any mess in the room or the house like there had been a fight."
He retrieved a blanket from a bedroom in the house and draped it over Ms Yun's body, his statement said.
Mr Neang told the court Ms Yun had only been living in the Springvale home for a short time and he had helped her move.
Another witness, Heng Tang, said Ms Yun used to hold gambling events, generally involving card games and small $1 bets.
The victim was married to a man named Kuy Thong, who is related to Mean, the police statements reveal.
Ms Yun arrived in Australia from Cambodia via a refugee camp in Malaysia.
She had lived with Mean's mother Chreach Tep for some time before living nearby with her husband, the magistrate heard.
Ms Tep said Mean's younger brother found Ms Yun's body when he went to her home for help with homework.
"He saw blood and just ran back home," she told the court through a Khmer interpreter.
"When he came back home he called out for his dad and said 'papa, sister-in-law died'."
Ms Tep said her sons and husband spoke to Ms Yun as if she was a member of the family.
The hearing before magistrate Donna Bakos continues.