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Date set for Luke Mitchell 'good Samaritan' murder hearing

Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell

Twenty-five witnesses will be called during a committal hearing for a man extradited from Thailand and charged with the 2009 stabbing murder of "good Samaritan" Luke Mitchell.

Thatiya Terdputham, 38, a dual Thai-Australian national, appeared briefly via video link in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday to hear the court set a date for the committal.

The court heard that, of the witnesses to be called, three men would give evidence via video link - one from within Victoria and two from interstate.

Police are also trying to find a woman who left Australia for Thailand in January last year so she could give evidence, the court was told.

Mr Mitchell, 29, was stabbed outside a 7-Eleven shop in Sydney Road, Brunswick, in the early hours of May 24, 2009. He died in hospital.

He was stabbed near where he allegedly stepped in to break up a fight outside a nightclub. The Sanctuary Lakes chef was with his sister-in-law and her friends when he was stabbed.

Mr Terdputham and his co-accused, Thai national Sarud Seehaverachart, 31, allegedly fled to Thailand a short time after Mr Mitchell was stabbed.

A third man linked to the death also fled to Thailand and is believed to be still on the run.

Mr Terdputham's committal hearing is to be held over five days from June 16, but could be extended by two days if Mr Seehaverachart appears in the same hearing.

Mr Seehaverachart is due to face court in April.

Mr Terdputham was extradited from Thailand in September last year and Mr Seehaverachart last month. Both men were remanded and are yet to enter a plea.

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