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Suspect in Macgregor fatal stabbing ruled fit to face trial

A man accused of stabbing his partner to death in a Macgregor house 11 months ago has been formally committed to stand trial for murder.

Aleksander Vojneski, 29, faced a short committal hearing in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He is alleged to have killed Paula Conlon, 30, in the northside house some time on March 27 or March 28, last year.

Ms Conlon - a carer and mother of three - was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her home by a family member.

Defence lawyers had previously raised concerns over Vojneski's fitness to plead.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker said on Tuesday she was convinced the prosecution had enough evidence to put the murder case before a jury. The matter is expected to first come before the ACT Supreme Court for a mention on March 7.

Vojneski's lawyer, barrister Jack Pappas, called no witnesses on behalf of the accused during the committal hearing on Tuesday. Ms Walker asked Vojneski if he had anything to say during the brief hearing, but Mr Pappas responded that his client did not.

On Monday, Mr Pappas cross-examined a hearing-impaired witness who claimed he had heard a terrible scream, followed by the sound of a car door shutting and a vehicle driving away. The lawyer asked questions while looking down at the bar table, to prevent lip-reading, and the witness admitted he could not hear the questions.

Vojneski was remanded in custody.